Wednesday, May 5, 2010

. . . and how quick it DIED

I took the new paddle to the pool tonight. At one point I put a lot of pressure into a stroke and I felt a "pop". I stopped and noticed a small fracture in one of the blades. No biggie. I went home and fixed that. While the fracture repair was setting up, I decided to do a another stress test. This time, putting a considerable amount of pressure on the other blade. Anyways, the loom cracked about 3" in from the shoulder. The noise as it snapped sounded like a gunshot. It was 12:30 AM but luckily I woke nobody in the house!!

I keep going over in my mind - did I put undue pressure on the paddle or was it not fit for "ocean going service" and that I'm lucky it broke when it did? I guess I'll never know.

I think I may have buggered up the grain orientation. Comments/suggestions?

Anyway, I slapped some epoxy in the cracks and put a quick wrap of glass around the broken loom - just to see what happens but I doubt that this paddle, as beautiful as it once was, will never be used!!

I considered making a new paddle but then thought "Hey, I have great paddle already" It's only 88" but it's 3.5" wide, has a 22" loom and weighs an incredible 27oz. It's stiff and strong and I've already used it quite a bit over the past few months. Plus, I've put plastic tip protectors on it which negates the need to go with the maple - which is quite heavy!!

I think it's time that I appreciate the great paddle that I already have and to use it accordingly!

Here's a shot of ol' faithful. Looks an awful lot like the new one, what??


  1. that is a shame. It was beautiful. And I enjoyed seeing the process of it being made.


  2. Live and learn!!! To be sure there'll be many more paddles made in the future.

    Thanks for the interest and the expression of condolences :(