beekeeper, you are right! I'd love such a lesson. On that same web site, I found a picture of the narrow, long blade paddle I was thinking of. It was here: http://www.louisianafolklife.org/FOLKLI ... asp?Page=7 There is a larger pic, something of a close-up of the blade, but I'd really like to see a side-view as well.
That last link will be helpful to me. But I really would like to hear more about traditional pirogue paddles, if anyone knows about it. I'd be surprised if seedtick didn't have something to say on the subject, but I haven't heard from him in quite a while. In fact, the Forum itself seems to be very inactive right now. Thought I could generate a little activity by asking some questions, but had only limited success.
Heck, I just like hearing from all you guys every once in a while!
Well, if I can turn up any info, I'll certainly post it.
I don't know if I can "hot link" these pics, but I'll give it a try. These are what I've found when I searched for pics of traditional pirogue paddles. They are on the louisianafolklife.org web site and describe the paddle as being "soft shouldered," with a long, narrow blade and a squared tip.
The second pic shows one paddle that is what the builder calls "pagailles indiens" ( Indian paddles,) and the one below it is supposed to be a traditional pirogue paddle.
bee i assume it was white pine or fir? i have made one out of this before .it is really light weight.
fla mike i thought it was just me the last few weeks ? i know the spring fling was going on but it sho was dead on here. yea enjoy reading all of you geezers post. yea some of the geezers havent posted in a while. i guess they working on knives and boats? :?: :roll: :lol:
It was white pine. HD store has a cut off/reject bin that has 2"X4"X4' for $.50. Can't pass them up. I keep thinking I can make something useful from them. Most of the time it would be easier to start with better wood.
There may be a "traditional" pirogue paddle. I really don't know. I would guess there are many variations. About as many as there are paddle makers. The shape is probably determined as much by what the wood the maker has. A scrap piece of lumber, or old fence post 4" wide 28" long will only make a paddle 4"X28" long or less. A cut off 12" wide plank could make a wider one. Time and experance may disreguard, or leave behind designs or sizes that don't work well.