From Francois Rothan's new birchbark canoe site are some pics of his beautifully decorated Malecite ceremonial paddle. It's made from sugar maple and decorated with traditional chip-carved etchings. I took a chip-carving class once and ended up butchering the soft test wood (basswood). Until I get better at this under-appreciated artform, I'll stick to wood-burning.
I'm an avid canoeist and general "outdoorsy type" guy with a bit of an artistic side. Recently started this hobby of making custom canoe paddles after my disappointing experience with most commercial brands. This site documents various styles of single blade canoe paddles I've made or researched as well as other canoe related info I've stumbled across on my internet wanderings. Hope you enjoy your visit.