Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mid 19th C. Northeastern Woodland Tiger Maple Paddle

Not sure how I missed this when it first came up for auction in 2017, now archived on Worthpoint.com...

 Northeastern Woodlands Painted Wood Paddle
first half 19th century, possibly Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
tiger maple, 75 inch long by 5-1/2" wide
Painted in red and green, the color scheme may be suggestive of the upper and lower worlds, length 
Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

Grip and shaft closeup

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Pejepscot Historical Society Wabanaki canoe update

An update on an historic Wabanaki birchbark canoe first discussed in this post from 2017. It seems that fundraising efforts to stabilize and do a partial restoration on the canoe was successful. Noted canoe builder Steve Cayard completed some work on the 19ft long historic craft, carbon dated to between 1729 and 1789. 

 Image Source Link/Credit: VOANews.com

The nearly intact boat has spent the last three decades in a barn behind the museum, exposed to extreme temperatures and humidity. Despite this fact, it has remained in remarkable shape. Just too bad that there doesn't seem to be any paddles associated with the canoe.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Update on a circa 1900 Penobscot Paddle with Chip-carved Motif

An update of the circa 1900 Penobscot paddle with the grey painted blade and chip-carved sun motif discussed earlier here. It seems the paddle was sold at auction back in September of 2019. Efforts are underway to contact the new owner in the hopes of getting more dimensional info and close up photos.

Penobscot Indian Paddle With Carved Sun Motif.
Step carved handle, gray polychrome painted paddle. 
Overall length 78 inches.
Casco Bay Auctions
Lot 101: September 8, 2019
Freeport, ME, USA

Monday, February 17, 2020

Historic Paddle Art - View of Point Levy from Quebec - 1832

Here's another historic piece of Art by Canadian artist, Robert Auchmuty Sproule (1799 - 1845). Sproule apparently came to Lower Canada in 1826 and settled in Montreal. An accomplished water-colourist, he began painting scenes of his his new home. Over the years he began a fruitful relationship with publisher Adolphus Bourne and many of his works were featured in guidebooks. In 1832, Sproule travelled downstream to do similar vista paintings of Quebec City. The image below is taken from the traditional native encampment across the river at Point Levy, a popular spot for many 19th painters (click here to see some of the alternate views).

 View of Quebec from Point Levi-1832 
Robert A. Sproule

A closeup of Sproule's version features a paddle decorated with a red ZigZag motif down the blade...

This work by Sproule was also the basis for a lithograph done by William L. Walton (1830-1858) and now in the collection of the Toronto Public Library collection. It features crisper details but the paddle in this case is not decorated.

Quebec, Lower Canada, View of Quebec from Point Levy (Lauzon, Quebec)
Sproule, Robert Auchmuty, 1799-1845
Walton, William L. fl. 1830-1858, after
Picture, 1832, English
Provenance: Gift of J. Ross Robertson

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Shaw & Tenney Northwoods

A bit of an late update regarding the famed Northwoods style paddles carved by Maine Guide Alexandra Conover-Bennett. Alexandra has retired from paddle making and now Shaw & Tenney Paddle Co will continue the tradition of hand crafted Northwoods design to their line of commercial paddles. More info and photos can be seen in their blog post linked below:


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