The Sagamore paddle from Grey Owl is a very traditional wooden canoe paddle with a medium soft flex. Made from solid cherry with football style grip and an oval shaft, perfect for solo or tandem paddling.
Grip: solid cherry, football style
Shaft: solid cherry, oval, 1 1&frasl8&rdquo x 1 1&frasl16&rdquo
Blade: solid cherry
Blade Cross Section Style: cambered
Tip Material & Style: casting epoxy, hidden insert
Finish: your choice of high gloss exterior polyurethane with a UV block or boiled linseed oil
These paddles are distinguished by their long slender blades and overall resilience. Originally carved from one piece of wood from a small tree, cedar and basswood were prized because of their light weight while ash, maple and cherry were chosen for strength and durability. Cherry was especially preferred for its resistance to rot and warping along with being relatively light in weight.
Though not the easiest paddles to use in depths below 12&rdquo, one can learn to manage quite well with a &lsquosweep stroke&rsquo. All basic strokes such as the &lsquoJ&rsquo and &lsquoC&rsquo strokes, along with draw, pry and feather strokes evolved from this type of paddle.
No other paddle can give you the enjoyment and feel of cruising like a traditional paddle. The blade width area is more than adequate to maneuver your canoe so pick the model that appeals to your price range, usage and aesthetics.