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Cedar / Ash / Walnut Trapper Paddle

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by wildpaddler, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. wildpaddler

    wildpaddler Anyone can learn to canoe

    Hi there folks, I just finished applying a second coat of varnish oil to my latest paddle build. The blade is a design of my own that I call the trapper. It's a combination of an otter tail and the modern voyageur blade designs. The shaft is made of cedar and ash, the blade and top grip is walnut. because the shaft is very light I was concerned that a walnut blade would throw off the balance of the paddle so I decided to add the longer modified northwoods grip in an effort to balance the weigh. The finish is a varnish oil with polymerized linseed oil and natural pine resins.

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    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Looks great!!! How's it paddle?
  3. OP

    wildpaddler Anyone can learn to canoe

    I just finished it this morning so I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I'll likely go for a paddle later in the week or on the weekend.
  4. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy - Life Member

    That's a really elegant design. Looks beautiful. It just has to be great in the water. Well done!
  5. Paul Miller

    Paul Miller Canoe Nut

    Looks great, I really like the Grizzley on the blade, did you blast it with a stencil and paint it, or what.


  6. OP

    wildpaddler Anyone can learn to canoe

    Thanks for the compliments,

    Yes the bear logo is hand brushed using a stencil.


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