Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Historic Paddle Photo: Schmidlin Family Reunion - Grand River

Many thanks to fellow Torontonian Stephen F for pointing me to another historic photo showcasing some paddle designs. The wikipedia page of Paris, Ontario has a photo featuring "A turn of the century family gathering on the banks of the Grand River near Paris, Ontario."


The woman in the centre of the image is holding a paddle with a full view. The original image is out of focus but the it looks to have a relatively tiny ball grip compared to the size of the grip. Unfortunately couldn't find any more details about the photo, but the filename is save as SchmidlinFamilyGathering-ParisON.jpg.

Paddle Closeup


Sending in any historic photos featuring paddles is always appreciated!




Monday, August 22, 2016

Historic Paddle Illustration: Peltley - Indian of the Mic-Mac Tribe

Found another slightly higher resolution image of a painting by Lieut. Robert Petley (1809-1869) previously posted back in 2010.

Indian of the Mic-Mac Tribe
Library and Archives Canada

MIKAN 2837766


The higher resolution image shows some subtle chevron markings on the blade the paddle...




Monday, August 15, 2016

Quick Woods Pack Repair

Started working on repairing the three Woods packs obtained earlier this summer.

This first one is a later model pack with thinner, darker olive canvas but some neat additional features. It has a some nylon webbing around the perimeter along with a built in map storage packet in the top flap. There are also small slip pockets on either side of the base. The previous owner mentioned this was one of many packs supplied by Woods Canada for a group sponsored trip to Labrador.

Here's a photo of the original condition of the pack, complete with an oval logo patch on the front.


This pack had a large repairable tear by one tump buckle anchor as well as a growing hole on the front. The leather components were dried out but salvageable so they were not removed, but just re-oiled. I also removed the torn Woods logo from the front as the thin material was flimsy and cracking.

Original Condition front

Original condition rear

The vertical shaped tear along the tump buckle was easy enough to stitch back together resulting in a discrete seam that I could live with. However, the round hole in the front could not be stitched closed as too much of the woven canvas had been lost and I didn't want a pucker in the front that could tear again under stress.

medium sized hole in front

Instead, I secured the perimeter of the hole using a blanket stitch of waxed braided cordage. This resulted in a neater round hole that shouldn't enlarge any further.

Edges stabilized with blanket stitch in waxed thread.

Then to cover the hole, a square scrap of veg tan leather was stitched over the hole. Not the neatest job, but it was in a very awkward spot to saddle stitch. Just to add a little Canadian flair, I ended up stamping the leather with a maple leaf...

Leather patch job

Unlike the other 2 packs which will be washed and scrubbed with a cleanser, I left this one in its obtained state. The clean spot left over from the original oval Woods label is obvious but it should fade over time.



Oiled up and ready to go

This pack was also missing its tumpline so another one will need to be made, but for now this user pack is good to go.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Ethnographic Sketches - Adney Paddles

Stumbled on the marvelously illustrated site of Aldo & Corrado Cherini. They've collected loads of sketched images representing various enthographic marine vessels from around the globe. Their North American Gallery showcases images of bark canoes. Most of the sketches are remakes of Adney & Chappelle's Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America which is now freely available online at Gutenberg.org (see post about that here). Still it is nice to peruse their galleries and see their sketched paddle artwork like the samples below...












Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Great Lakes Maple Paddle

Came across an archived listing of an interesting paddle from Cowan's Auctions. Lot 723 of the 2004, American Indian Art Auction was loosely identified as a "Great Lakes Maple Paddle".


Great Lakes Maple Paddle,
beautifully carved with broad flat blade, a narrow rounded shaft, and broad flat handle. Openwork carving resembling ribbon work at end of handle
length = 66.5 inches

Condition: Insignificant/ light surface abrasions.
Price Realized 
$1,610






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