A fellow paddler, I'll just call him The C-Monster, asked if I would make him a Greenland paddle. I really like making paddles but lately have not had any reason to do so. This was my excuse to start a new project.
I'm not going to outline the build as it is pretty much standard . . .
|Still working out of the dining room|
|Schedule 40 clamps on the loom. Western Red Cedar sandwiched in between Spruce.|
|All glued up and ready for shaping.|
|Weight before any shaping - 85oz!|
|Using a power planer for the initial shaping.|
|Forming the taper.|
|Weight after cutting the tapers on the blade - 58 oz.|
|Shaping the blades.|
|ABS pipe cut to fit.|
I knew that the C-Monster, would be spending time near the rocks, so I offered to put on a plastic tip protector. I have one on my paddle and it does an amazing job of saving the soft wooden tips It also allows you to use a sharper tip on the paddle which makes it a lot quieter in the water.
|Showing the inset into the paddle tip.|
|Plastic being epoxied onto the blade.|
|Tip after sanding.|
|Paddle after shaping , sanding and wetting out.|
I failed to get a final photo of the paddle before I handed it over to the new owner. I went with the all-black tips - like I have on my paddle. The paddle is 88", with a 20" loom. The blades are 3 3/8 at the tip. It weighs 31 oz. Like all my paddles, I finished it with Tung Oil.
I hope that the C-Monster gets a lot of good paddling out of this one!!!