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Crawfish Paddle

Discussion in 'Making your Own paddles' started by beekeeper, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    A new one for my son.

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    beekeeper
     
  2. FlaMike

    FlaMike Well-Known Member

    Looks good! Hope he puts it to good use, too. :D

    Hmmmm. . . Longer, narrow blade. Is that a more traditional pirogue paddle trait?

    Mike S.
    Spring Hill, FL
     
  3. mike

    mike Well-Known Member

    It's for stirring a pot of boiling mudbugs. 8)

    Mike
     
  4. catfish

    catfish Well-Known Member

    bee what kind of wood did you make it out of
     
  5. FlaMike

    FlaMike Well-Known Member

    "It's for stirring a pot of boiling mudbugs. 8) "

    Then I definitely hope he puts it to good use! :lol:

    Mike S.
    Spring Hill, FL
     
  6. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Pine 2"X4". Cypress is traditional and may have been better, but I didn't have any at the time. I don't think the crawfish will know the differance. :roll: :)

    beekeeper
     
  7. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    I have seen "real" paddles with similar lines. We need a seedtick or Keith history lesson on pirogue paddles. I did find this:
    http://www.louisianafolklife.org/FOLKLI ... sp?Page=43
    beekeeper
     
  8. FlaMike

    FlaMike Well-Known Member

    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.

    Mike S.
    Spring Hill, FL
     
  9. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

  10. FlaMike

    FlaMike Well-Known Member

    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.

    Thanks!

    Mike S.
    Spring Hill, FL
     
  11. FlaMike

    FlaMike Well-Known Member

    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.

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    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.

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    Mike S.
    Spring Hill, FL
     
  12. catfish

    catfish Well-Known Member

    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:
     
  13. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    catfish
    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.

    Mike S.
    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.

    beekeeper
     
  14. FlaMike

    FlaMike Well-Known Member

    Well, at least we got a conversation going! :D

    I wouldn't have had much to say if I hadn't forgotten what the thread title was. . . :oops:

    Now, I have some ideas about making a pirogue paddle, something I can do even if I can't get the boat build started just yet.

    Mike S.
    Spring Hill FL
     

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