Grand Rapids Paddle Co. designs and creates canoe paddles with unique and tactile qualities for the canoeist who appreciates the difference with every stroke. Crafted to each owner’s individual specifications, one size most definitely does not fit all. I create the paddles from carefully selected woods such as black cherry, sassafras curly or bird’s-eye maple.
My inspirations can be historical or whimsical-among the North American Woodland Indians, French voyageurs, or the wildlife small and large you may see while on the river.
A hand-crafted canoe paddle that fills your heart as well as it does your hand. A tool with integrity, highly sensitive to your commend, enabling you to carve sweet water as quietly as you would traverse a spruce needle portage— A paddle not laminated from scrap or covered with fiberglass. Instead, one that is hand carved from a single piece of hardwood, watchfully removed from old-growth forest, and finished with multiple coats in oil or varnish.
An uncommon tool such as this is not stored with others in the garage or potting shed. No, it most often earns a place within reach of a favorite easy chair, or in a place of honor above the mantle of a flickering fire.
Scroll down to see our designs and character of the paddles. Yes, they are for sale, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org Interested in having your own canoe paddle? I would look forward to talking with you about your ideas and what we can design for you. ”Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.” -Standing Bear