Steve Hanton's Northwoods Paddle
Northwoods Grip Closeup
Beautiful stuff. The primary canoe model is based on the 17.5' Atkinson Traveller, a classic Maine tripping canoe. Photos showcasing the canoe include some shots of Steven with one of his first paddle creations - a 6foot long, whippy paddle with lots of flex. Steven was kind enough to provide some details regarding its origin - apparently traced from an circa 1920's Guide Paddle from Alexandra Conover Bennett of Northwoods Ways.
The blade was decorated with some chip carved Penobscot patterns obtained from from Frank Speck's 1940 publication, Penobscot Man. These look to be similar to an earlier F. Speck publication dated to 1927 available online entitled, Symbolism in Penobscot Art which was posted about earlier if (see link HERE).
Wishing Steven and Willow well in their new canoe business and looking forward to seeing more of their photos. If you'd like to get in touch with them, you can do so through their contact info below: