Handmade Paddles
Gift & Home



Chief Louie Paddles are all constructed from wood salvaged locally, including "denim" pine from the dead stands of mountain pine beetle timber. Blue pine, or "denim pine" is a result of fungal staining from the mountain pine beetle. All the wood used is not only natural and distinct, but unique to the Cheslatta people and their homeland.  With exception to our flat products, (keychains, boxes, dream catchers, coasters, etc.)  all our products are fabricated from 100% reclaimed wood and lumber from within 100 miles of Cheslatta, British Columbia including their own Cheslatta Community Forest.

"Waterwood", submerged pine and spruce that has been salvaged from the depths of Ootsa Lake, is found to have exceptional strength. This wood has been preserved deep within its watery grave since 1952 when the construction of the Kenney Dam inundated 120,000 acres of prime standing forest within the Cheslatta'ten's traditional territory. The Cheslatta Carrier Nation has an exclusive, long term arrangement to salvage this timber with an estimated volume of 6 million cubic metres!

Production Process

Every paddle is individually hand carved by our master carver, Elder and grandson of Chief Louie, Pat Edmund, along with assisting members of the Cheslatta band. From there it goes to the finishing shop to be prepped, sanded, and finished.  Every paddle is finished with three coats of top quality marine grade varnish, and sanded between each coat. 

The Chief Louie Paddle Company logo is engraved on all paddles. Our laser engraver also allows us to engrave virtually anything for custom orders of special gifts, promotional paddles or personalization with names, dates, photos, logos etc..   





Chief Louie Paddle Company 
Cheslatta Carrier Nation

PO Box 909, Burns Lakes, BC, V0J 1E0
Phone: 250 694 3334 x260
Phone Toll Free: 1-888-453-4441
Email Us: sales@chieflouie.com