Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Pejepscot Historical Society Wabanaki canoe update

An update on an historic Wabanaki birchbark canoe first discussed in this post from 2017. It seems that fundraising efforts to stabilize and do a partial restoration on the canoe was successful. Noted canoe builder Steve Cayard completed some work on the 19ft long historic craft, carbon dated to between 1729 and 1789. 

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The nearly intact boat has spent the last three decades in a barn behind the museum, exposed to extreme temperatures and humidity. Despite this fact, it has remained in remarkable shape. Just too bad that there doesn't seem to be any paddles associated with the canoe.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Update on a circa 1900 Penobscot Paddle with Chip-carved Motif

An update of the circa 1900 Penobscot paddle with the grey painted blade and chip-carved sun motif discussed earlier here. It seems the paddle was sold at auction back in September of 2019. Efforts are underway to contact the new owner in the hopes of getting more dimensional info and close up photos.

Penobscot Indian Paddle With Carved Sun Motif.
Step carved handle, gray polychrome painted paddle. 
Overall length 78 inches.
Casco Bay Auctions
Lot 101: September 8, 2019
Freeport, ME, USA

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