Thursday, April 10, 2014

71-1/2" Early Maine Paddle

Been too long since my last post. Hope folks are getting excited about the upcoming paddling season. Here's an interesting paddle from this Ebay seller. The paddle is an aged 71-1/2 incher found in  Maine. What caught my attention was the quite pronounced circular roll grip - would be nice to experiment with and try out.

The seller's description:

"Early canoe paddle measuring 71-1/2" long & 6-1/4" wide. It weighs 2 pounds 10 oz. This was found in Maine but is not signed.
In good condition overall. Some of the darker lines seen on the paddle have a very slight ding."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Luc P's New Carvings

Blog reader & contributor, Luc Poitras has sent more pics in of his paddle creations...

Here's a set of sorts made from cedar. The two smaller ones were carved for his lucky grandson. The off-white coloured paddle is from spalted maple

Here's a beauty carved from Tamarack that Luc carved with just a crooked knife. Hoping I'll be able to source out a Tamarack log this summer and try to carve a similar one.

Lastly, Luc's wife found an old, 70" paddle at a garage sale. It looks to be a roughly carved blade meant for hard use. Luc mentioned it is likely birch but the paint and varnish job on the blade has really covered up the grain pattern.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ebay - Cree style paddle

From this Ebay Seller is a 58" paddle with a large narrow blade and a nubby style grip. Credit again to Luc P for sending me the link. The paddle's overall shape looks quite similar to Cree Style paddle blades posted on in the past, although to my eye, it looks as though this design would be quite blade heavy and unbalanced.


This is from the same seller that featured a huge, 96" northwoods style paddle a while back as well as the 84" Mustard Yellow painted paddle from the post on February 7th..

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cherry Gallery Antique Beavertail

From February's current selection page of Cherry Gallery Antiques...

Canoe Paddle
A large handmade canoe paddle with a wide grip, oval shaft, and beaver-tail blade. The blade has an old green painted surface with lettering on one side that is visible in camera flash.
Circa 1900
8" w, 71" h

Friday, February 7, 2014

84" Mustard Canoe Paddle

Blog reader, Luc P, sent a link of a vintage canoe paddle from this seller on Ebay. It's another big one -  84" - covered with a mustard yellow paint. The seller lists it as a "lovely old primitive Indian made wooden paddle"

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