2nd attempt at making canoe paddles. I made one for myself, the taller one made of cherry, and one for my now fiancée, made of birch. I was fortunate enough to spend time with Doug Ingram of Red River Canoe & Paddle who helped me tremendously and has since been a mentor in my quest to learn woodworking. He is a true inspiration and is a master of his craft. The drawings are india ink, using a dip pen.
This paddle followed me on numerous trips into Quetico park where I served as a canoe guide. It has served me well, but is now in need of a bit of love. 2 of the laminations has come unglued near the tip, where I contacted rocks a few times in shallow waters!
Drawings on birch paddle: white trillium (flower of Ontario, birthplace of my fiancée) ; prairie crocus (flower of Manitoba, her new home) ; family crest
Drawings on cherry paddle: Coureur des bois (runner of the woods) written on shaft, trapper drawn on blade, and a sketch of a maple leaf on the grip.