Came across a nice set of vids from Registered Master Maine Guide, Tim Smith of Jack Mountain Bushcraft. This particular video set documents a May trip on a section of the Allagash River. In Part 11 of 15, Tim explains his preferred paddle shape with a great logical explanation of the Northwoods style elongated grip. The paddle talk starts around the 1:47 mark if you want to skip the beginning section...
An earlier vid, part 3 of 15 actually showcases the paddling stroke on the water. Tim narrates some of the points interestingly referred to as the "P.O.P." - Position of Power where the hands are spread out only as wide as if doing a pushup...great analogy!
Many of the other vids in the series feature backwoods cooking, camping skills, and poling. Great stuff!
Came across the google albums Remy Reyjal, a paddle artisan from Moncton, New Brunswick who runs Fiddlehead Canoes. Some interesting shots of his paddle creations from his workshop...
Remy's batch of paddles in the shop
Many of the designs feature patterns mentioned in Graham Warren's paddle making book, including the curved tip "Columbia River" on the far left, the cut out "Salish Hunter" (3rd from right) and an "Early Micmac" design with its spear tip blade (far right). My own version of this Micmac design was made way back in '08 from a suitable short stock piece of cherry
The paddle with the "Voyageur" blade (4th from right) also features the Battenkill grip which I had attempted earlier on a still incomplete whitewater paddle.
Here are some more shots of Remy's completed paddles posed with his gorgeous cedar canvas canoe...
Another shot of the Salish Hunter paddle with its cut out blade design. Warren's book mentions its design as a silent night paddle allowing the used to paddle close to the hull without knocking and making sounds. The blade's scimitar like shape also looks like a pretty intimidating weapon.
Salish Hunter Paddle
Looking forward to more of Remy's paddle creations in the future. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in getting in touch here is the contact info...
An Ebay seller has a pair of copper paddle tip protectors which are apparently from the 1950's.
Back in 2010, I wrote a brief post on these old-school paddle accessories for anyone who is interested...
LiveAuctioneers.com has a new listing of a set of beautiful looking vintage paddles. They feature slender Northwoods style grips (mislabeled as "Adirondack Style" in my opinion) and are carved in Tiger Maple. Both are 60" long but are unsigned and undated...
Often vintage postcards showcase canoe related themes. Here's a postcard showcasing an "Indian of the Great Lakes" with a decorated paddle. Some etchings are visible around the neck and edges of the blade with some painted decoration added in the middle.
Indian Of The Great Lakes | Triolene Indian Series
Lots of neat vintage pics can be found in the William Ganong Collection at the New Brunswick Museum. This one features a guide standing on a beaver lodge with a typical East Coast paddle. The more of these pictures I find, the more I see the common denominator of the paddle being at least the height of the paddler.
Beaver Lodge and Guide with Paddle Deadwater, Gulquac Lake, Victoria County, New Brunswick Mauran I. Furbish 1900 William Francis Ganong Collection (1987.17.1218.93)
An ebay seller has some vintage shots of the glamorous era of canoeing taken at the canals of Belle Isle in Detroit. Boats are all decked out with comfortable pillows, parasols, and decorative trimmings..
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.