Unusual Wood

We have many reasons to enjoy the work we do with wood but our greatest enjoyment is to take a piece of wood and turn it into a beautiful, useful paddle or yoke.

Once in a while, Russell finds a log that will make a gorgeous paddle or yoke due to the grain, colouring or compressions which we call Tiger Stripes.  It is also exciting to use a type of wood that we have not experimented with before and see what it looks like when turned into a paddle or yoke.


Here are some of those Special paddles that are in stock right now.


We have several POPLAR paddles in stock. 

Poplar is the lightest of the woods with a golden colour.

It is also the lightest in weight and makes paddling fun and easy!

If you do a lot of paddling or are planing a long trip, try a Poplar paddle for its feather light feel!

Russell has used the same poplar paddle for years without any cracks or damage to it.

The Poplar paddles are priced the same as the birch paddles.

The cherry paddles on the left are slim ottertails. The top picture shows a 54", 57" and 60" ottertail paddles that measure 5" at the widest part of the blade. Our regular ottertails are 6" at the widest part of the blade.

The bottom picture shows a 57" slim  ottertail that is 4" at the widest part of the blade and two 60" slim ottertails.

The top one is 3.75" at the widest part of the blade with a 3" wide grip and the middle one is 4" at the widest part of the blade and has a 2.5" wide grip.

Sale Price: $85.00 each

This beautiful cherry paddle is 57" long with bark on the shaft. The paddle blade has a unique grain with the lighter colour enhancing the rosy cherry colour. Cherry darkens with age and when left in the sun.

You can matched it with a cherry paddle holder and make a stunning wall display.

Sale Price: Paddle and holder $125.00

Paddle alone - $100.00.


The yokes in the picture to the left are  WALNUT Teal, 39" length. The top one is finished with a semi gloss varnish. It is $100.00. The bottom yoke is an  unfinished WALNUT Teal yoke for $98.00.

The boards on the far left are varnished cherry with live edges (bark).  With laser graphics and text they make great plaques to recognize employees, award recipients or as gifts.  They are in various sizes but most are 12" x 15".      Sale Price      $30.00 each


The boards in the picture on the right are unfinished and of various wood types and sizes.  They make great bread boards (season with vegetable oil) and presentation boards.  Each one is unique! We have boards in ash, cherry and birch.  

Sale Price      $25.00 each   



Inquire about our paddle holders.  We use ash, cherry and birch woods and each holder is unique and beautiful.  A great way to keep your paddle out of harms way and a great gift idea!

Single holders      $25.00

Double holders     $40.00

Triple holders       $45.00

Four place holder $50.00

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