Friday, September 23, 2016

Historic Paddle Photo: Dan Sarazin Paddles

in 1970, Denis Alford recorded the construction of a birch bark canoe for the National Museums of Canada. The builder was Dan Sarazin of Golden Lake (now known as Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation). Alford's detailed records of the build appear in David Gidmark's book Building a Birchbark Canoe - The Algonquin Wabanaki Tciman but the original photo slides are now preserved in the Archives of the Canadian Museum of History.

Part of the set features a group of 4 paddles of varying lengths from this traditional Algonquin builder...

Summary Four paddles in different woods made by Dan Sarazin 
Author Alsford, Denis B., 1929-2004.
Description 1 slide col. 35 mm.
Control no. S72-3088
CD File no. CD94-68

A few more photos reveal Sarazin's method of lashing the paddles to form a yoke for a portage demonstration.


 You can contrast that to an alternate lashing method of another builder from this photo in  Building the Chippewa Canoe by Robert E. Ritzenthaler.

"Chippewa Portage Method"

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