Paddles by W Bruce Smith

Blend over 50 years of intimate knowledge of both canoeing and carving wood - and you will find paddles described as the place "Where Art Meets Water". I fell in love with wilderness canoeing at a young age, then started figuring out how to make the best quality "tools" (paddles and canoes) to take me there. My career as a wood shop and outdoor education teacher helped me to keep perfecting my craft through the years. Unlike most paddles on the market (even those claiming to be "hand made") every one of my paddles is actually carved by hand from start to finish. No CNC machines or copy lathes are used at any stage. This results in paddles that are each custom, accommodating the differences in each piece of wood. I use only the finest Ontario hardwoods suited for paddles. This is generally Black Cherry, but also includes Black Walnut, Hard, Curly or Bird's Eye Maple, and some Ash and European Larch. Each paddle blank is cut out individually; carved and shaped with rasps and spokeshaves; sanded to silky smoothness; and finished with many coats of oil or an oil/varnish mix. Every paddle has fine edges, a flexible yet strong blade, a strong shaft, a proprietary secondary grip (based on historical designs) and perfect overall balance. People tell me all the time that my paddles treat them to both luxury and performance on the water. My paddles come in a number of designs and are individually priced starting at $195. I use as much leftover wood as possible by creating various sized paddle hangers and paddle-shaped charcuterie boards priced from $25-$55. I also teach popular one-day paddle carving workshops in Fergus priced at $160.


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