We are a family owned business in the heart of Northern Maine. I Own Dri-Ki Woodworking ,and I will be the one personally
hand making your paddles should you decide to buy from us. By making the paddles myself it helps to keep the quality up and
costs down. It is why we can offer our paddles at such a good price. My wife takes care of the office ,phones ,computers and
the children and, with a few years experience in this business herself, even works in the shop from time to time. In other
words she takes care of the hard stuff!
I worked making paddles for Porters woodworking or JMC corp. as it is called at times for over 20 years. Porters woodworking
had a fire which destroyed one of their buildings. After everything was sorted out they decided to move their operation from
Patten to Millinocket ,Maine a hour drive from were I live. This is when I decided to go out on my own.
I was taught how to make paddles by Raymond Porter, the original owner of Porters woodworking. I’ve made canoe paddles
of many types and styles for years, out of many types of wood like Maple ,Cherry and poplar, but I would have to say White
ash is the best, most durable wood for the weight, to make a canoe paddle out of. Most of our paddles weigh in at less then
2 pounds .
We are currently making our paddles out of White ash, but if demand dictates, we will offer them in other types of wood
in the future. We only buy premium white ash logs, which are sawed on the premises by me with our portable saw mill. Once
the wood has been dried it’s ready for the manufacture of our paddles. We make paddles from 6” up to 8”
blades, with differing handle types and lengths. We can also make special orders. Give us a call or email us for pricing.
We do offer other products like canoe yolks, thwarts and transoms’. in the near future we would like to offer
motor mounts ,out door table and chairs, and canoe seats, along with many others, so keep an eye out for new products.