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Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by Nippersink, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. Nippersink

    Nippersink Nippersink

    Welcome me good people. :)

    50 yrs old, rec paddling since 12.
    Have only owned one canoe. A Wenonah Jensen 18. Yup, you've got it. I like paddling to be easy.

    First paddling experience was on the Prsque Isle River in the UP when 12yrs old. It was a small solo jobber and I loved every moment on the water. Plenty of otter playing on the river that day.

    I've been woodworking for a few years, all the while figuring someday a few of my projects would be canoes and paddles.

    This winter will be a good time to make a paddle or two. Not sure where I'm going to start, but this is my first step in looking for a paddling oriented forum.

    Any ol' how, pointers of all sorts are welcome.

    Thanks, Chris
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck Woodworker

    Can't beat a good book...

    Hi Chris, I decided to build my canoe first and have started with the small pieces for a 17' Nomad like seats, accent stripe, etc. I plan to buy my first paddles but that doesn't mean that I won't' build them some day but not this winter. I have been reading about everything I can get my hands on about strippers and paddles and the best book for paddles that I have read is CANOE PADDLES by Graham Warren & David Gidmark. Good Luck... If future messages are just about paddles, there is a separte forum for paddles and paddle making...
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2004
  3. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    There are several threads on paddle making in the "Tidbits" section of the WCHA site; http://wcha.org/tidbits/index.html

    # The North Woods Paddle, by Rick Waters

    Rick details how Alexandra Conover makes a North Woods paddle and talks a bit about how this wonderful blade is used. A forwarded is provided by Garrett Conover. This is a reprint from a 1985 WoodenBoat article. Lots of photos.


    # Paddle Making, by Shawn Burke

    Shawn explains in great detail and clarity, with both words and images, a seminar from New Hampshire canoe builder Geoffrey Burke on carving a paddle, held at the 1992 L.L.Bean North American Canoe Symposium (now the Maine Canoe Symposium).


    # Making a Canoe Paddle, by Rob Stevens

    Rob does a fine job explaining how to turn a piece of wood into a instrument to move your favorite watercraft. Rob discusses woods and their properties, as well as the tools you will need to fashion your paddle.


    # Greenland Style Paddle Building, by George Ellis

    George discusses how to make a Greenland Style double bladed paddle using the very minimum of tools. This is a very easy to follow discourse on the subject, and has inspired me to make my very own Greenland Style Paddle.


    # Doug VanDoren has produced a video on the use of Greenland style paddles. It's well done and sticks to the subject, mainly the forward stroke.
     

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