Push poles

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  1. Robedsubset

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    315AE8A1-0E5B-4D2D-A2D1-1F8A4718AF8B.jpeg 7B222969-5E95-4E4B-A207-060E4A2FBD4C.jpeg I picked up a nice push pole to use in my boat and canoe. It’s 1 3/8 inch ash with a nice band around the end to prevent mushrooming. I applied a coat of BLO for finish. Should be handy for shallow waters and pushing the boat off shore.
     
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    That'll do!

    If you want to make the end more durable, the easiest thing is to use a 1" copper end cap from the plumbing section of your local hardware store. drill a hole in the center of the cap and fasten it in place with a hanger bolt/washer/locking nut assembly. I've found all of this at Lowes and HD. The bolt end of the hanger bolt acting as a spike also gives bite on hard surfaces.

    Nice piece of ash, BTW. :)
     
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    That’s a good idea. I may have to do that
     
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    I should put a ferrule ring on my poles. They are noting special, though, just a spruce tree, they do mushroom once you get into some rocky stream beds. Some day I will find a nice stick of ash to saw out and work down to a pole. I do like the quite a wooden pole offers in the rocks and inside the canoe when stashing.
     
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    where did you get the pole?
     
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    whatever you do DON'T SLIP A PADDLE BLADE INTO IT ;-)

    that would tempt you to paddle standing up :-O

    having a long(8'±) paddle made from a substantial pole like in the OP(knot one of those flimsy SUP paddles) is a delight in skinny waters

    the "push" can propel you farther than a normal paddle stroke

    now factor in a stroke of an 8' paddle and you can have the best of both worlds

    mine shown in front of a commercial door

    long canoe paddle.jpg

    pole slit w/ a piece of 1/4" plywood glassed in leaving a glass wrapped stub to protect the blade

    canoe paddle blade.jpg

    and a T handle for directional control

    canoe paddle handle.jpg

    the simple geometry of the longer arc when stroking/pushing thru the shallows is easy to realize

    the VIEW when standing will amaze you

    much easier to see IN the water from above

    PUSH ON :)
     
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    I bought it at Peavey Manufacturing in Eddington, Maine. They mill them out right on site. They have several options for length and diameter. They also have a website if you’re interested in their products.
     
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    When I drive by there I get Ash Envy. Great supply of ash logs, in the summer they put sprinklers on the piles of logs to keep them moist and maybe keep the bugs out also maybe to keep the moisture content above a specif point this may prevent stain and other less desirable things from happening to the logs.

    What part of the state do you reside in? I'm down near Machias.
     
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    Canoes are common in northern Wisconsin but I never saw a canoe pole pre-internet.
    We have 15,000 lakes, but roughly 2 of them are connected. Which is why I assume we have no poles here.
    I tried 2 years ago to pole tug boat of a canoe up river. I'm positive it would've been way more entertaining watching me than being me.
     
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    When I bought mine(at Peavey man that was awhile ago) I had them put furrels on both ends. I put in lag bolts and sawed off the "nut".
     
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    I’m in the Bangor area, but grew up in Calais
     
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