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Lots of stuff goes on in this shop, located in Lorette, Manitoba.

Primarily it's the building and repair of classic wood & canvas canoes, and the making of premium canoe paddles. I also do custom boat building, composite fabrication, and special projects. A growing passion of mine is the making of classical guitars, I'll post about that, too.

I want to be able to share with my clients the progress of their commissioned work. Later I started thinking that there might be other people who are interested in what goes on inside a wooden canoe shop operated by an artist and a recovering teacher.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or by post. My mailing address is:

Red River Canoe & Paddle
24249 River Rd
Lorette, Manitoba
R5K 0Z6

Thursday 16 August 2012

A traditional paddle, since the arrival of motorized feighter canoes, is the pole paddle.  Stan Thomas called it a "Hunter's Paddle".  These are about 88" long, and the shaft and blade are each about 44" long.  The shaped tip is for purchase in the shallow gravel river beds.  When it wears done it is just re-shaped a little shorter.  The blade is flat on one face and shaped on the other.

I added a little artwork for the Creefest being held in Fort Severn this year, as well as some traditional cree paddle decoration.

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Murat said...

Many thanks for posting about this unique paddle design. Very interesting. Haven't ever seen Cree paddles with that nubby tip before.

flatland family said...

Interesting. With the long blades, and the pole-ends, they look like oars more than what I'm used to call a paddle. How do they handle?