By Paul Schmitt
Rudy Senarighi, an award-winning writer, is also known for crafting hand-made wooden canoe paddles that are displayed in galleries with some auctioned off for benefits. Senarighi, who has made over 100 paddles, says he picked up his craft about ten years ago.
Spruce is the most popular type of wood Rudy uses to make the paddles which emulate those made by Native Americans. Senarighi is currently writing his fifth book about northern Minnesota where he was raised on trout fishing and nature.