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Plans for Northwoods Paddle

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by Morley Pinsent, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. Mike Everett

    Mike Everett Maine Canoeist

    I recently posted an article about paddles for my website - working title is "An Obsessive Consideration of the Canoe Paddle."


    My experience with acquiring a good paddle stroke is like Larry's - I paddled a whole lot and found myself unconsciously developing a "Canadian" or "northwoods" stroke.

    My advice for anyone making a paddle is to make it to suit yourself, especially to trim it so it has a comfortable spring, or flex.

    Here are a couple of my favorites - the single cherry paddle is a replica of one I found in a New Brunswick museum. The original was of maple. I think it's a Mik'Maq design.

    The other photo shows the original "Presque Isle (Maine)" paddle and my adaptation. The original is about 100 years old and was made by a local guide. It's Maliseet-influenced design is typical of the Saint John River region.

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    Last edited: Apr 20, 2005

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