A couple of friends of mine will be participating in the Thompson Re-enactment Expedition this summer, and have asked me to make them some Voyageur paddles for the trip. We're all aware of the paddles shown in the Hopkins paintings, but they would like the blade shape described in the Warren/Gidmark book. Hey, they're threatening to pay me for these, so who am I to argue? Questions have arisen RE: paint on the blades. They're thinking red, and wondering what kind of paint would be best, and whether a top coat or two of spar varnish would be appropriate (albeit not authentic). Anybody have any thoughts on this?