Guideboat Paddles: an Adirondack Treasure is about a way of life in the Adirondacks in the late 1800’s and about the guides, sportsmen, and yes, even Victorian ladies, who used these guideboat paddles. If you wish to make one of these paddles, it tells you how, providing step-by-step instructions from start to finish. This book is richly illustrated with over sixty color and black and white photographs, tables and diagrams that help the reader understand the history of these magnificent paddles as well as how to make one.
“So often guideboat enthusiasts focus on the boats themselves and pay little attention to the way in which they were propelled. Interior decorators hang paddles and oars as decor Gordon Fisher helps us appreciate the guideboat paddle as it should be apprreciated-both as an integral part of guideboat use and as a work of art.”
– Hallie Bond, Curator-Boating and Watercraft. The Adirondack Museum
“I couldn’t put it down! The background stories were fascinating. By the time I got to the technical section, I was dreaming of making a paddle myself”
– Susan Pruyn King, granddaughter of Robert and Anna Pruyn, original owners of Great Camp Santanoni