Canoe Patent Art Is a Stylish Way to Bring Nautical Art into Your Home

Looking for a distinctive, beautiful piece of wall art to hang in your home? Do you love the great outdoors and exploring the splendor and wildness of nature? Or are you just a coastal grandmother at heart? Then our canoe patent art is just the piece for you.

The canoe patent illustration from 1965 is precisely detailed in high-quality, lightly stained Baltic birch and is surrounded by a dark custom frame, ready to hang. This wall art measures 16x20” — making the canoe patent art an ideal size to become a new striking piece for your home or office space.

Canoe vs. Kayak 

Canoe on a lake

Merriam-Webster defines a canoe as “a light narrow boat with both ends sharp that is usually propelled by paddling.” Canoes and kayaks are both small water vessels with narrow, hollow shells with pointed ends. They are also both propelled over water by people using paddles.

 The modern-day recreational or sport Canadian canoe’s design is open, and it is propelled by a single-bladed paddle. In contrast, the kayak’s design has a covered deck that includes a well/cockpit where the paddler sits and is propelled by a double-bladed paddle. Other boats that have been called canoes are dugouts (shaped, hollowed-out logs) and pirogues (similar to a dugout).

3 Main Differences Between a Canoe and a Kayak:

  • Design
  • Getting in
  • Paddling

Canoe Design vs. Kayak Design

The biggest difference between a canoe and a kayak is the size; canoes are larger than kayaks. The most common types of canoes are “Canadian” or “recreational,” and these are about 13-17 feet long. Canoes also feature an open-top design, and although some kayaks are open-top, most kayaks feature a cockpit. 

Our canoe wall art displays detailed illustrations of the canoe so you can study its identifying features for yourself.

The Differences in Getting into the Boat

Family Canoeing

Canoes are easier to get into than kayaks because they feature an open-top design. You just have to step onto the canoe to get into the boat, and you can use the canoe’s sides or the dock to steady yourself.

Getting into a kayak takes more skill than simply stepping into a canoe. You must slide your legs into the kayak’s cockpit while making sure not to tip the vessel over. However, a kayak can be more comfortable as a paddler fits snugly in the vessel, and many kayaks have a backrest to lean on — whereas, in a canoe, the paddler is sitting on a bench with no back support.

Paddling a Canoe vs. a Kayak

Canoes take more effort to paddle than a kayak because they are bigger and heavier. Sometimes, paddling a canoe takes two people because the accompanying paddles are shorter and single-bladed. Solitary canoe paddlers must alternate sides when paddling to keep the canoe propelling straight, and two paddlers must synchronize their strokes.

Kayak paddles are double-bladed and can be more easily paddled by a single person. They are typically easier to paddle because kayaks are lighter than a canoe. Paddlers must grip the middle of the paddle and alternately dip the blades into the water to propel the kayak.

The History of the Canoe

Front of a canoe at sunset

The canoe and kayak originated in North America with the Inuit peoples, who made light frames of wood or whalebone covered by tree bark or animal skins. The Algonquin peoples in the northeastern United States and Canada first used the birchbark canoe, which was typically used for transporting goods, hunters and fishermen, and warriors. Native Americans in the southeastern United States and along the Pacific coast used the dugout canoe, as did people in Africa, New Zealand, and other places in the Pacific.  

Who Patented the Canoe?

Our canoe patent art features the illustration of Brent G. Biehl of Harper Woods, Michigan. Biehl filed the patent for his canoe design on March 5, 1965, and his patent application was granted on Feb. 8, 1966. His invention was a canoe that was “for all practical purposes, non-tippable.”

Biehl contended that conventional canoes of his time were unstable and easily tipped by the paddlers or rough water, which meant they required great skill in order to avoid tipping. The goal of Biehl’s invention was to present a canoe with a hull design that resisted tipping and would float right-side up even if it did happen to fill with water.

This wall art displays Biehl’s canoe patent illustration in exquisite, laser-cut detail on lightly stained Baltic birch. The canoe patent art includes a custom Baltic birch frame and arrives ready to hang — and ready to make a gorgeous statement piece and conversation starter on your wall.

How to Decorate with Canoe Patent Art

Canoe Patent Art

Now that you’ve purchased your own canoe patent art, you just need to decide where to hang this lovely new wall art.

Here are 5 great ideas of where to hang your canoe patent art:

  1. A peaceful coastal-themed living room
  2. A bathroom displaying whimsical nautical pieces
  3. A bright kitchen with splashes of maritime décor
  4. A nautical-themed office fit for a captain
  5. A fun, coastal-themed playroom or kids’ bedroom 

Want to channel your inner coastal grandmother even more? Consider these helpful tips for adding more nautical designs to your home in addition to your canoe patent art.

More Unique, Patent Wall Art for Your Home

If you love the look and style of the canoe patent art, check out our entire collection of patent wall art.

We have patent art of the:

Bicycle Patent Art

And if you’re looking for more nautical-focused art, you should consider our gorgeous 3D wood maps. We are especially fond of this collection of wall art (and more, like cribbage boards) that captures the beauty of the Midwest and the Great Lakes. The wood maps give a stunning and detailed perspective of the area’s topography and natural waterways.

These would make an excellent gift for someone who has lived near or visited the Great Lakes and loves this region. Even if you are a seasoned Michigander, you may not know these fun facts about the Great Lakes — check them out and see if you learn something new!

Display Your Love of the Great Outdoors with Canoe Wall Art

What better way to showcase your admiration of the great outdoors or love of exploring waterways than with this canoe patent art? There are so many ways to style it in your home. So, jump in and get yourself some canoe wall art ASAP!

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