Any way back to the purpose of the Wanigan. It is used to carry all of you crush-able kitchen wear. Pots, plates, utensils, and every other knik-knak that you would need in the kitchen are all neatly stored in this box and is easily accessed anytime with out opening packs etc. A lot of people draw boardgames on the lid and perhaps attach a cutting board to the bottom of the lid, making it a very functional piece of camp gear. Building them can be as simple or as ornate as you want, Some fiberglass the inside to make it somewhat watertight. Some people just a larger metal tin, or plastic tool box. I know some people are like "Why lug this massive wooden box and make a second trip on a long portage?". I will tell you why, when speed is not a part of your trip, when having a slower paced journey, when camp craft, camp baking, or lay over days are part of you trip . You have a flat surface as soon as you reach camp, and you always have a seat along the portage and at camp. Wanigans are usually carried by a tumpline, but people attach shoulder strap, or even by old pack frames and carry them with that. All great ideas, just like the Wanigan itself is. I think that they will increasing become more popular among the people looking to take camping back to its basics, even though your bringing more?
I think that building a Wanigan is going to be one of my summer projects. It will be nice to have certain items in one spot, that does not require unpacking when the trip is over. I will definitely post again regarding the build when it happens.
Bill Mason's small Wanigan from "Waterwalker".