Tuesday, April 27, 2010

c1878 Maliseet Paddle - York Sunbury Museum

Many thanks to Flickr user catlennox for permission to post her photo of the stunning Maliseet Paddle at the York Sunbury Museum (now called the Fredericton Region Museum) in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Despite poor lighting in museums generally, she was able to capture enough detail in this exquisite bit of paddle heritage.

Photo Credit: catlennox

The full citation at the new Artefacts Canada mentions that the paddle is dated to at least 1878, made from maple, and is ornately carved with a stylized fiddlehead design.

Last summer, I blogged about my attempt to use photoshop on images of this antique paddle to enhance the beautiful etched patterns. After adjusting some of the colour levels, adding a spotlight effect, and using the unsharpen mask feature, I was able to adjust catlennox's image too to bring out some more contrast.

Photoshop adjusted

Still it's no substitute for checking out this paddle in person. While I've still got other paddle designs on the go, I think my future direction will be replicating these historic museum paddles as authentically as possible. Better get started on chip-carving practice!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The design on this paddle is different on both sides. It's beautiful. The Museum has a smaller paddle hanging on the opposite wall. The large one was ceremonial but I expect the smaller one was made to be used.

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