Another canoe book find on Archive.org is Elizabeth Monckton's The White Canoe, and other legends of the Ojibways (1904). The book cover has some decorated paddles with some etched style motifs that add a simple but attractive touch to the blade. Maybe something to replicate on a future paddle.
I'll admit I never heard of the White Canoe legend, but the downloadable PDF (12 MB) version was a pleasant read.
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.