Here's the first clip showcasing a basic cruise in Omer's heeled position. Although tough on the knees, this is the type of paddling is what I find most relaxing and actually comfortable for the back.
This next vid has some slow motion capture of Omer's famed "C stroke" used to power his custom build cedar canvas design.
Back in '08, I made a Yellow Birch paddle based on the blade design from Omer's little booklet, The Canoeist's Manual. It used to be sold for a the amazing low price of 1 Canadian Dollar but the cost of living has made this little gem go up 100%...now $2.
The Canoeist's Manual - Omer Stringer
The booklet is filled with black and white photos of paddling techniques and includes dimensional info for Omer's favourite paddle design. It looks to be identical to the cherry paddle used in the video.
Omer also used a custom cedar canvas canoe based on the Chestnut Chum design. Issue 25 (Winter 1986) Wooden Canoe, the Journal of the WCHA, has an article which described Omer's custom boat. Here's an excerpt...
"Omer's canoe is also unique. He began with a 15-foot Chestnut Chum, built in New Brunswick. When it was under construction, he asked that the cedar plank-and-rib shell be left without inwales, thereby allowing him to vary the sheer line after the shell was removed from the form. He then increased the depth of the canoe to 15 inches and reduced the bow height by 1-1/2 inches. With weights, he rounded out the ribs in the center of the canoe slightly. This rounding produced a canoe that was deeper and a bit more tender and maneuverable than the original Chum."
Today, this canoe is hanging in the Algonquin Park visitor's Centre (km 43)...it's the faded red one.
Photo Credit: Andre Cloutier from WCHA Forums