Sunday, November 27, 2011

Craig Johnson's Gorgeous Paddles

I met fellow canoe enthusiast Craig Johnson at the WCHA Northern Lakes chapter event at Killbear Provincial Park back in September. We got to talking about paddles and he wanted to try out a custom design based on the blade pattern from my Cherry Passamaquoddy Guide, a large bladed design itself taken from the c1849 paddle in the Peabody museum. I emailed Craig a copy of this blade design which he adapted for use by combining it with an Old Town grip style he prefers.

His post "Slippery Slope" on the WCHA forums mentions how he's caught the paddlemaking bug and has already churned out 6 paddles...check them out below...all stunning!


Left to Right: cherry, sassafras, Honduran mahogany, tiger maple, walnut


Left to Right: cherry, sassafras, Honduran mahogany, tiger maple, walnut



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