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Contact Voyaging: Canoe Paddles as Art

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Contact Voyaging: Canoe Paddles as Art

May 17, 2012

A reader clued us in to Contact Voyaging, a partnership between Alex Jowett and David Barclay, who create hand-painted canoe paddles based on the international maritime signal flag system.

"We were inspired by this intricate form of communication that is universally known yet simultaneously incredibly cool visually," Jowett says. Each CVC paddle is made from basswood harvested in Ontario, Canada, and hand finished in Contact Voyaging's studio in Toronto (the finished paddles are available for viewing and purchase at Atelier 688 in Toronto).

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Above: The "Golf" and "Papa" flags depicted on two paddles from the semaphore series.

700 blue cross paddle contact

Above: The Mike Paddle represents the "Mike" semaphore flag traditionally used for maritime signals; $240 USD.

700 brown white paddle contact

Above: The Eagle Paddle is inspired by birds of prey from the feathers series; $350 USD.

700 hot pink paddle contact

Above: The Pink Cross beaver tail paddle from the cross series is $280 USD.

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Above: Paddles as art on a white-painted brick wall.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 20, 2011.

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