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Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by Craig Johnson, Nov 19, 2011.
Looks like a pretty good way to do it! Nice to have a jointer that wide... I'm jealous!
Thanks for taking the time to document your process. Looks like a good way to go. Envious of the joiner too! BTW, congratulations on making Murat's Blog.
Pictures of the process would be much appreciated by everyone --I think
When you see the process it looks so simple!
I have not made many paddles as I thought it to be alot of hand work and labour intensive.
Now I gotta go to the shop this winter!
I now have the tools as you show to make this a far easier job...
Thank You Again!
Thank-you! Makes it much clearer.
I finished the paddle I was making to demonstrate the process and added some photos here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/71113210@N08/sets/
Excellent! Your workbench looks like mine when I'm working on paddles... planes, spokeshaves, scrapers, & shavings are scattered everywhere. Looks like a nice piece of work!
Your paddle is my favorite style-- beautifully done!
new paddle done
So if you have been following this thread you might be interested in this. I finished the poplar paddle I was making in the photos I used to demonstrate my method. If you saw my first paddles you can see I like to just let the beautiful wood grain be emphasized along with a pleasing form. Poplar isn't as nice as the other woods but it is nice to paint so I thought I would give that a try. I had been cruising Murat's blog for inspiration, not that I am in any way trying for historical correctness, but I came upon this and I think you can see why it fit.
I also used the copper tip I had made and I did decide to shave down the tip of the paddle so that it fit flush with the rest of the blade all the way around. Quite a bit of extra effort but worth it on my own paddle. Then I smeared it with epoxy and jammed it on, hoping the epoxy would fill any voids between wood and copper so the copper wouldn't deform from use. I polished and lacquered the tip, painted the blade and handle with leftover epifanes from my 39 Kennebec restoration, and oiled the grips. Here is a link to more photos.
Great job, Craig. The whole combination of painting with the shiny copper tip makes the paddle a sweet looking match for your maple leaf Kennebec. Your paddle actually reminded me of a company here in Toronto selling painted paddles based on the Semaphore naval flag system.
If you plan on doing any more painting, then maybe some of the patterns might interest you.
Yes I had already seen those on your site and they influenced my decision. Probably going back to natural finished hardwood, maybe some carving.
Wow, beautiful paddles, especially the walnut. I have a Langford walnut beavertail. A bit heavy, but feels good in the hands.
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