Why I do Heritage Paddle Designs
I believe that tools that surround us should be functional, beautiful and long lasting. Throughout history and around the world, tools of all kinds have been created with exquisite carved, painted and wood burned designs. These items were used and handed down through generations.
In 1935, Mat Bernard of Golden Lake First Nations gave my father the gift of a paddle with beautiful wood burned designs. The designs are as clear today as they were on the day that Mat made them. Dad traveled thousands of kilometers on wilderness rivers and lakes with that paddle. Indeed he used it until his 89th birthday. Now it takes me to quiet waterways. It is full of memories and a precious link to my father.