Canoes and canoe paddles have been finished and decorated for centuries as a way to express one’s spirit and the symbolic nature of travelling the ancient waterways.
“His paddle, often brightly painted, might be a present or heirloom from his voyageur-father. The local priest would have blessed it. It was his life, his safety and his pride. This he carried himself over his shoulder.”
The Voyageurs, the Backbone of the Fur Trade
At Badger, you can add your name, your initials, a special quote or poem, artwork or illustration, with laser engraving or even hand painted by our artist and graphic designer, Fiona. Customizations start at $30 and vary from there, depending on size and intricacy of the design as well as whether or not you need a personalized image made for you by our artist.
Besides decorating your paddle, you can also choose to have your paddle crafted from a variety of Badger paddle styles, shapes, as well as select from wood species (subject to availability) such as cherry, walnut, ash, sassafras, butternut, curly maple and more.
Another way to personalize a canoe paddle to your preference is selecting the finish. Because our paddles are made-to-order, we are able to offer different finishes based on your liking. Choose to have your paddle finished with either oil or varnish, as well as tinted with a vibrant WaterColours™ hue. You can also select to give your paddle a combination finish consisting of an oiled shaft and grip with a varnished blade – our specialty. Or make a special request for a varnished shaft and blade with an oiled grip instead.
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for custom, personalized, or special order paddles. Turnaround time may be longer during periods of peak production. Contact us for more details or a quote.
Unfinished paddles and paddle blanks are also available for when you have plans to create your own paddle art or signature piece. Contact us for details.