After viewing images of Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Cree Indians in painted pictures racing canoes while standing, or pushing heavy loads in the first black and white pictures, it sparked a revival of culture of sorts (little biological memory in my brain like instincts of a dog). I was further intrigued when I did a final project on boats indigenous to Alaska for an AK Native history class some time ago, those big Tlingit and Haida paddles were impressive. It was truly solidified....when I saw a 1939 image of a Cree Indian (probably from what is presently Ft Severn First Nation), carving a beautiful standing paddle from a fire-killed spruce.
The realization that pushing a large/heavily loaded canoe through white water would be impossible with some feeble/rei-army bending branches paddle.......some of you might recall my post of working with an old co-worker to create my design. Again.....oars on a canoe are a slap on my Indian face.
So here it is:
7 ft. tall standing canoe paddle built of the highest grade white ash. Nice 10" wide blade, and coming to a blunt point, so that you can push off bottom, and push off rocks, or......for having the standing leverage to push a canoe from one side of the Yukon River.....to the other. Another plus.....you can stand on your seat, and see over the river bank while paddling.
Haven't thought of a name yet, been too busy moving into my massive canoe-building shop. You won't break this paddle. If that wasn't enough, I'm wrapping the blades in 6 oz s-glass and epoxy resin, all with a reinforced, thickened epoxy blade guard. The finished weight will be about 3-4 lbs........you aint breakin this: