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What to do with an old paddle?

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by monkitoucher, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. monkitoucher

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    I ended up getting this paddle in a package deal when I bought my OTCA. It's a pretty little thing. Nice patina. Good feel in the hand. Pretty lite.

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    What should I do with it? Should I use it? Structurally, it's sound. It could use a bit of varnish to protect it from water or being knocked about.

    I've used it as a pattern for a couple of basswood paddles that I made for my friend and his wife.

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  2. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Looks just the thing for an Otca 17.
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  3. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    From my experience, if you lean it in a corner in your garage it will multiply and one will become 10 and 10 will become 30. Several will find their way into your house and take their place next to old guide boat oars and duck decoys.
    Yours has already become 3 ...30 is not too far behind.
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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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  5. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson Lifetime member

    Were going down that road huh. Garage, DSC00760.jpg DSC00761.jpg and a few made it into the house. DSC00835.jpg

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  6. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood


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  7. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    They're like canoes... you always need one more...
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  8. crosscuts

    crosscuts Crosscuts

    Any beautiful piece of wood is in danger of being carved.

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  9. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Any corner in your house or basement will do -- at least 3 paddles have joined this group since this picture was taken a while back.

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  10. fred capenos

    fred capenos Canoe Pilot

    On the ceiling on my back porch works for me.... IMG_1695.JPG
  11. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Okay, it's time for me to get rid of the teevy & teevy stand (hasn't been turned on in months anyway) and put a paddle stand in the family room... Hanging them in piles in the garage just won't do any more...
  12. cmandan

    cmandan New Member

    New member here. Just roaming around to get familiar with the culture!
  13. ppine

    ppine Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I would use it. Repair the handle with some epoxy mixed with saw dust.
    Try some finish restorer like Formbys, which will clean up the old varnish without removing all of it.
    A nice lake paddle.

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