I didn’t grow up in the hull of a canoe, but I did spend a fair bit of time in one. It was my uncle’s, a rackety metal canoe with caulked-over rivet holes all painted camouflage. It had a flat-back stern to mount an outboard motor. It was so cumbersome and unresponsive that I could stand on the gunnels and it would act like a stick in the mud. We trudged it through the lakes of North Central Ontario with a couple of warped old paddles. I loved it.
Fast-forward to the present and a 16-foot cedar-strip Prospector, hand-built by my wife, three boys and me. We all needed a paddle, so what began with five cherry wood blanks, has become an adventure in paddle-making.
For many, this is the iconic paddle. Available in Beaver Tail, Otter Tail, Voyageur, Algonquin, Sugar Island, or White-Water blade styles.
This paddle uses a light weight wood to make up the body with a thin strip of dense hardwood joined to each side to create an ultra durable, beautiful paddle.
The same principles as the Three Piece plus another strip of hardwood running through the core of the paddle to increase structural integrity.
All paddles are properly balanced and have the right amount of flexibility. A transverse hardwood spline is built into every Three and Five Piece paddle and is an option for the One Piece.
A classic touring style blade with an asymmetrical top profile and a spine running through the power face from throat to tip. Equipped with a stainless-steel break-down joint with a blade feathering option.
‘‘Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing”
Henry David Thoreau