Paddles for Sale in an Adirondack Canoe

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We are at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet. On the “Green” or large field between the Library and Lower Saint Regis Lake, there were the many many wooden canoes and boats displayed. Here is one boat that the owner is also selling canoe paddles. They are arranged beautifully in the canoe:

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Swans on the Green at Paul Smiths, Adirondacks

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These “Swans” out on the green are actually decoys or false swans used to try to keep the Canadian Geese away. There were dozens of Canadian Geese around this site, so I do not think it worked. We are at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks.  This is the shoreline of Lower Saint Regis lake and the lovely building is the student union with a tall tower in the center that used to be the elevator of the original Paul Smiths Hotel from the turn of the last century. 

Pico and Her Rushton Guideboat

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Pico the Adventure Dog wishes this was her guideboat. We are at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) meet at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks.  This rare wooden original guideboat was made by J. H. Ruston and was one of the most valuable boats there on the green with hundreds of other canoes. 

This view shows the large and beautiful “yoke” that is used to portage the guideboat from lake to lake on the owner’s shoulders:

A closeup view of the beautiful deck: 

Wooden Power Boat at Paul Smiths College

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Looking out on the docks of Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks on Lower Saint Regis Lake. Here at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet there was a wooden runabout or power boat docked there. It was a windy and choppy day that the many Canadian Geese seemed to like. In the distance you can see the peninsular point I like to walk out on. 

Linkanoe, You Can Take It With You!

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There were so many rare wooden canoes at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet (WCHA) in Paul Smiths College in the Northern Adirondacks.  One of the most unusual “Wood” canoes was this Linkanoe. This is a canoe that breaks down into many small pieces and packs into two bags for easy transport onto seaplanes or into car trunks for travel. The pieces are phenolic based with wood edges and clamps on each cornered, each numbered to go into the right place. When assembled, a waterproof canvas is stretched over the hull to make it waterproof. 

Tom McCloud did the restoration job on this canoe and documented its restoration and use on some large boards presented here if you wish to view them.

Here you can clearly see the sections of the boat with its wooden edges to each panel:

This logo decal clearly shows the entire canoe with woman holding two bags containing the canoes. This decal is peeling from age but still nice:

Wonderful Willits Wooden Canoe and its Badge

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At the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet in Paul Smith’s College they had many rare and fancy wooden canoes.  This is rare Willits Brothers canoe of Tacoma, Washington.  I have entire books on this maker of canoes, but what I like best is their maker’s plate shown last.

Canoe Ready for Fun at Paul Smiths

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Here on the “Green” or large lawn at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks we are viewing some of the many fine canoes of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA).  Here is a fine canoe ready to launch for fun paddling on Lower Saint Regis Lake a few feet away. It has a parasol, old phonograph for music and he has his hat at the ready for the sunny day.  His Harvard pin is prominently displayed and of course there is a nice persian rug in the bottom of the canoe for comfort.

Pico Contemplating the Mediterranean

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Here is my Adirondack companion Pico looking out over not the Mediterranean Ocean, but Lower Saint Regis Lake at Paul Smith’s College. (The title references one of Dali’s famous paintings in Saint Petersburg, Florida.)  We were at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet and we walked out onto the beautiful peninsula to look back at the campus and view the lake.

Twisted Dead Tree at Paul Smith’s College

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At Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet I like to walk around the campus.  One of my favorite places is the peninsula point overlooking Lower Saint Regis Lake. This high hill allows a great view of all the surrounding water and has a great woods and tall trees that are whipped relentlessly by the winds off of the lake.  Here was a downed tree that I check each year because it is so twisted and white. It is starting to decay so it won’t be here much longer. I took color and black and white images. Do you prefer one over the other?

 

Paddle By at Paul Smiths and the WCHA

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At the WCHA, (Wooden Canoe Heritage Association) meet at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks, they had a “Paddle By” where the wooden canoes paraded by the grandstands or decks on the shore of Lower Saint Regis Lake.  Each wooden canoe is described by maker, designer, type and owner. When they go by the stands, they raise the paddles in a salute.