Come and see Clarey and I this coming weekend at the Coop - 6503 Pleasant Valley Road in the Town of Cedarburg WI for the annual Cedarburg Artist Studio Tour. Fri 10/10 - 6pm til 9pm, Sat 10/11 - 10am til 5pm, and Sun - 10/12 noon til 4pm.
Some of the spoons I've been carving for the upcoming "Free Range Art Show" at Nancy's Chicken Coop - 6503 Pleasant Valley Road in Grafton, WI.
Fri. May 2nd, 6pm 'til 9pm
Sat. May 3rd, 10am 'til 4pm
Sun. May 4th, noon 'til 3pm (email or call if you need directions)
After a really long, exceptionally cold winter, we finally have open water here. The old fart's body probably needs a few warmer days before getting wet, but the promise of spring did inspire the first new paddle in a while. This is a new pattern for me, somewhat Cree in blade shape I think, but mostly my own design and I'm anxious to try it out.
This paddle is red (soft) maple, about 1.25lb, 4.75"at it's widest point, and 58" long, my favorite length at my height of 5'10", paddling a small tandem, solo, Canadian style. I think a paddle of about this length suits many folks quite well and carve most of my paddles somewhere around this length, plus or minus a couple of inches. With all the variables of body and canoe size, water type and paddling style, and personal quirks, I hesitate to recommend paddle lengths. I have read so many "scientific" methods and listened to so many "experts" prattle on about paddle sizing, that I will avoid adding to the confusion in print. That being said I'd be glad to give you my own totally personal, unscientific, opinionated opinion privately if you desire. For the record, in any one day I may happily use paddles from 54" to 60" for messing around in quiet and gently moving water. I don't do whitewater or anything approaching expedition paddling, and if you do, you probably already know what you want and need. Basically, if your blade is in the water and your grip hand is somewhere between sternum and shoulder high you're good, so go out and enjoy yourself! Custom made for you, my paddles are usually around $250.
I've had quite a few requests for spreaders recently - here's what I came up with. Let me know what you think. The wood is cherry, maple and walnut. The noggin, which my wife refuses to let me sell, is crabapple.
The past couple of weeks crop of new spoons. The four on the left are paper birch, the one on right is soft maple. My prices are generally $20.00 - $40.00 depending on wood, size, and style.
Thanks a lot to folks who have been buying my spoons! I'm relatively new at this and am gratified that you've liked my work enough to purchase. For anyone who's interested, I still have a few paddles around but due to the difficulty of procuring nice clear straight wood and the reality that I'm personally not canoeing as much as I used to due to knee problems, the paddle making is on hold right now. I will probably do a few more next winter. I will be taking part in the Covered Bridge Artist's Studio Tour in Cedarburg, WI in October where I'll be showing my spoons, bowls, and a few paddles and doing carving demos - hope to see you there!