There’s something to be said for craftsmanship that changes a thing of purpose into a thing of beauty. The Dalles des Morts Paddle is a great example of utility-turned-art. Christened after a particularly gruesome stretch of the Columbia River whose French nickname translates to “death rapids," this wood canoe paddle is made from Black Walnut, Aspen, and Western Red Cedar and finished with a durable varnish dip, giving it an eye-catching aesthetic that looks as good in the water as it does on your wall. Just don’t take it near the Dalles des Morts. These paddles are for the leisurely canoeist.