Are there any trees cut down to build your paddles?
All paddles are hand crafted using reclaimed woods, i.e trees that were cleared to build roads, woods discarded from other manufacturers, old utility poles, etc. No trees are cut down for the purpose of building these paddles. The planks are custom cut and dried at local sawmills.
Are these paddles hand made?
All paddles are hand made exclusively by Richard. Each paddle is numbered, catalogued, and engraved with RAB, paddle # and length. Paddles are made in limited quantities, because Richard "needs time to paddle too."
Where are these paddles made?
All paddles are hand crafted in Michigan by Richard exclusively.
What kind of woods are used for the paddles?
Basswood, Cedar, Walnut, Maple, Ash, Butternut, Cherry and Jarrah are woods often used. Others may be available.
Are there any synthetic materials used in the paddles?
All paddles have hardwood edges and tips for durability. Jarrah wood, used for the tip, performs better than epoxy, is more attractive and is a non-toxic, natural wood.
Can paddles be made is special sizes?
Richard will custom build any paddle to your specifications.
What types of paddles are available?
There are 3 main types of paddles: Canoe, Kayak, and Stand Up Paddle Board. All are available in standard or custom lengths. See gallery page.
What kind of canoe paddles are available?
There are 4 types of canoe paddles: Bent shaft, Traditional straight shaft, Beaver tail, and Double ended, 2 piece.
See gallery page.
What kind of kayak paddles are available?
There are 2 types of Kayak paddles: One-piece, straight or with feather. Two-piece with machined polished brass ferrule. See gallery page.
What kind of stand up paddle board are available?
There are 2 types of stand up paddle boards: Straight shaft, and Bent shaft. See gallery page.
Can I use my paw paw paddle for a competition?
The paddles are intended for recreational use. They have undergone field testing in the Boundary Waters. They are not intended for Olympic whitewater competition.