First, there are quite a few examples of canoe shaped furniture. From stacking your household treasures to putting your feet up - canoes have proven themselves to have many purposes. Even moving into quite a number of homes and cottages.
|Canoe Book Shelf|
photo source: www.giftedgarden.com
|Canoe Coffee Table|
photo source: www.giftedgarden.com
photo source: Nova Craft Canoe
photo source: www.renaissancebeds.com
From Chocolate to cakes to sandwiches.... our taste buds seem to delight over the thought of an edible canoe.
photo source: www.charlinda.com
|Big Dog in Canoe Cake|
photo source: www.kategreencakes.com
|Tofo Wrap and Squash Canoe|
photo source: www.floridacoastalcooking.com
Food and entertainment go together... so it only stands to reason that the canoe theme would eventually find it's way into our cottage games and past times.
|Canoe Cribbage Game|
photo source: www.wildwings.com
|Canoe Domino Game Set|
photo source: www.thefind.com
So what happens to that old canoe that no one ever paddles anymore or the old beater that is so unseaworthy it couldn't make it across a puddle of water? Some become flower beds, bookshelves, or in some cases - sidecars!
|Canoe Garden Container|
photo source: www.hometips.com
photo source: www.cocoonhome.com
|Canoe Side Car|
photo source: www.royallman.on.ca
From women's accessories to those for your home or christmas tree, the canoe shape has made it's way into the hearts and minds of the masses. From the purely fashion inspired....
|Canoe eau de toilette |
photo source: www.perfumezilla.com
|Canoe Inspired Hat|
photo source: http://annamariajunus.blogspot.com
|Canoe Inspired Shoes|
photo source: NotCouture-notcot.org
.... To the more obvious designs. From door knockers, signs and cabinet pulls; to fabrics, light fixtures and t-shirts; canoes can definitely be deemed a part of our (just about) everyday culture.
|Canoe Fleece Fabric|
photo source: http://fabric1.blogspot.com
photo source: www.spruce-mountain.com
|Christmas Canoe Ornament|
photo source: www.countryporch.com
photo source: www.gifts.com
Ride in Canoes - No Water Needed
Because we love canoes so much, we bring them onto land for fun and entertainment. After all, who doesn't love a canoe ride where your mom doesn't make you put on your life jacket?!!
|Canoe and Train at Mundo Divertido|
photo source: www.themeparkreview.com
|Canoe Car at a Burning Man Festival|
photo source: www.cs.faculty.stanford.edu
photo source: www.amazingdata.com
Canoe Stuffies & Toys
Be it toy or dog bed, the canoe shape is one that is obviously in demand beyond it's normal use on water.
|Dog Canoe Bed|
photo source: www.kaboodle.com
|Stuffed Canoe Toy|
photo source: www.softstuffcreations.com
|Buddy L Canoe & Jeep Combination - Toy|
photo source: http://film.queensu.ca
Canoe As Art, Canoe As Life
And finally... and most popular.... is the canoe as a form of art. Now, we know our friend Mike Ormsby would argue that a canoe, especially a wooden canvas canoe, is an art form all on it's own. And normally, we would completely agree with him. But clearly, when you think about it, the canoe really has taken on a life in itself. It can be seen in our sculpture, our paintings, our every day items, and is still paddled around the world in it's various forms. It inspires us, it transforms us, it is an ancient gift, and still... it is always there with us... thru the ages. Can there really be any doubt that the canoe is a gift we celebrate?
|Tom Thomson Statue|
photo source: http://paddlemaking.blogspot.com
|The Canoe by Tom Thompson - Painting.|
So in answer to our question as to whether a canoe is a canoe is a canoe ... or not ... we would have to come to the conclusion that, in the end, it doesn't really matter. Because, quite frankly, most of us know a canoe when we see one!