Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Circa 1890 Penobscot Paddle

The August 2016 current selections page of the features a wonderfully preserved birch paddle in a traditional Penobscot form...

Stepped-Handle Canoe Paddle
This birch paddle with a beaver tail blade and a long, multi-step handle is a traditional form that was made by Penobscot Indians. There is a slight twist in the shaft and a nick in the blade, but is in good condition for wall display.
Circa 1890
6.5" w, 64.25" h

For comparison purposes, check out this similar circa 1900 Penobscot paddle made from maple as well as all the other previous posts on the blog labelled "Penobscot".

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