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Warp in Blank - How Do I Handle?

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by RoadRunner, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. RoadRunner

    RoadRunner Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Been working on a paddle, early stages with the blank complete. I was marking out the center line (horizontal) and noticed some warpage I hadn't seen before. (See attached pics) It's not terrible, but I'm concerned that this will be a problem if I don't address it now. Any advice on how I should deal with this? Thank you.


  2. Grizzle

    Grizzle One repair / restoration so far......

    I have the same issue with a cherry blank; only laterally instead of vertically. I hoped to steam it. I look forward to seeing the answers!
  3. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    It's hard to tell from the images, but you may be able to re-draw the "center" line, such that it's straight, rather than follows the surface of the warped board.

    Another option, which I've heard of but never tried, is to steam the blank, force the warp a bit beyond straight, clamp it like that until it dries, and hope it comes out straighter. But I've never tried this, so your mileage may vary.

    Let us know how it turns out! We like pictures of paddles, too!
  4. OP

    RoadRunner Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    OK, so that's what I was thinking I might do....steam the paddle a bit and have a solid, flat surface to clamp it to. while it cools.

    Any other thoughts would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
  5. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    It looks inconsequential to me. I have had paddles warp more than that, and just use them.
  6. OP

    RoadRunner Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    That's also something I considered. Thanks.
  7. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    I second the idea of re-drawing your centerline and shaping to be straight. Steam-bending might work in the short-term, but in use your paddle is going to be alternately soaking up moisture and baking in the sun. If steam straightens it, using it will likely return the warp pretty quickly. But I also agree with Rob - if you can't carve it straight, no worries; it's a small bend. Like Rob, I have ones I use with more bend than that. We have an old Old Town that is really bent - makes me think that such paddles may have driven the development of purpose-made bent-shaft paddles.
  8. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    Re-draw your centerline for the vertical warp, and use winding sticks for the twist.

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