Canoes paddles: 2nd attempt

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Project by Bison204 posted 11-21-2012 05:09 AM 1075 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 11:04 AM

Very nice. You’re learning your trade well!

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 03:50 PM

Tastefully done.

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 05:13 PM

Good work
At first when viewing the photo I thought the paddles were for powering the swing movement :))

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 05:37 PM

Well, I suppose if you’re tall like me, the paddles aren’t so much for moving the swing, but if you’re short like my fiancee, that might just come in handy! I doubt that her feet could touch the ground!
Thanks for the kind words gentlemen!

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 08:56 PM

I wasnt thinking that she was short, but that you made her paddle shorter so she couldnt smack you with it from her seat ! :-)

Nice job on the paddles!

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