Blade Length: 23”
Blade Width: 6.5”
Approximate Weight: 24 oz.
The beavertail shape has been used on canoe paddles for thousands of years, and for good reason. A long slim blade is smooth and quiet in the water while still offering sufficient power to fight off the wind. The Wapasha is our take on this classic shape. The shaft is laid up in 7 laminates of red alder and basswood with the blade bringing in beautiful bookmatched walnut. All of this combines for excellent strength and visual appeal, before reinforcing the blade with fiberglass on both front and back, and the blade ends off with an epoxy rock-guard, making a paddle durable enough for any backcountry paddling trip, but its calm and quiet feel also makes it a popular paddle for those looking for a casual paddle around the pond or lake at the cabin. Like our other wilderness paddles, the grip remains unvarnished. An oiled grip feels warmer and smoother in the hands and is less prone to cause blistering.
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” ~A.A. Milne
My recently acquired Wapasha does everything any of my large collection of canoe paddles do but with more ease and beauty. Light in the hands, easy to switch sides when desired and a pleasure to use for braces, sweeps, J's and back paddling. It is now my very favorite and next Spring I'll be selling most of the rest of my collection. Thanks for your speedy delivery as it has given me the use of it until the water freezes.