Monday, February 29, 2016

Two Canoe Paddles

These paddles are replicas of a paddle in the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. Link HERE
The original was a very nice specimen carved from maple. It was in pristine condition, possibly made for sale but never sold. The paddles are longer than typical canoe paddles you now see.  It was probably made for the stern paddler who could use a longer paddle for steering.
The two paddles full length, 62 inches.

The handle end side one.  The carving in the handle variations based on the original.

The handles, flipside. Note the paddle on the right has a frowny carving on one side and a smiley carving on the other.

The grain on the blade.

The grain on the other blade.  The middle lamination has something like 60 growth rings per inch.  Very old and slow growth. This paddle by the way is newer than the other one, hence its pinker color.  The color deepens with exposure to light.


Anonymous said...

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Wolfgang Brinck said...