Thursday, November 4, 2010

Historic Paddle Illustration - Frank Schoonover Art

From John Lindman's Bark Canoe Newsletter is an image by Frank Schoonover(1877 - 1972). This image shows a rear shot of a bark canoe and clear illustration of a paddle.

F. Schoonover - Unknown Title

Paddle Closeup

The short, angular shoulders of the blade with the relative straight sides in the part visible above the waterline, seem similar to Cree style paddles. In particular, check out the screenshots from Cree Hunters of the Mistassini - the blade profile looks similar to Sam Blacksmith's green painted paddle. The elongated roll grip is also reminiscent of antique Cree Paddle posted on the Cherry Gallery site a while back.

Sept 2015 Update: Found the same image accompanying a fiction piece entitled "His Quest and the End of It" by Gerald Chittenden in Scribner's Magazine Vol XLVIII July 1910

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