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My first paddle

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by Ejerome, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Ejerome

    Ejerome New Member

    Hey folks. Im very new to paddle making and im already in love with it. I recently finished my first paddle and would like some expert opinions on it. 20150730_195951.jpg
     
  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    I wouldn't call myself an expert, but it looks pretty nice from here. Congratulations!

    The important question, IMHO, is how does it work for you? Does it feel good in your hands while paddling?

    I still have my first paddle, and it has undergone some remodeling since I first called it "done." Don't be afraid to make changes! If the shaft is too wide, you know how to make it narrower. If the grip isn't thick enough, it's not difficult to add thickness. On one occasion, I lopped off the entire grip, and made a new one altogether.

    And yes, paddle making is as addicting as canoe restoration. Just like you only need one more canoe, you only need one more paddle. :)

    Welcome to the WCHA!
     
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    Ejerome

    Ejerome New Member

    The only real adjustment i had to make with it was making the indent on the grip just a little deeper but that wasnt too hard at all! I appreciate your feedback.
     
  4. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Great!

    So what's the next one going to be?
     
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    Ejerome

    Ejerome New Member

    Im thinking another beaver tail style with really dark accents. Any wood recommendations?
     
  6. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Walnut's nice and dark, and not too heavy. There's a good discussion of characteristics of different woods in this book:
    http://store.wcha.org/Canoe-Paddles-A-Complete-Guide-to-Making-Your-Own.html
    which you may already have. This includes comments on density (weight), workability, durability, and flexibility between the different woods. It's quite good!

    I see you're in Michigan... do you know about the Regional Assembly in 2 weeks? Info is here: http://www.wcha.org/chapter-events/michigan-chapter-events/

    I can't make it this year, but it's a great chance to talk to people about canoes, paddles, and all sorts of associated stuff. Besides which, it's just plain fun!
     
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    Ejerome

    Ejerome New Member

    Ill probably end up doing something with walnut. Ive never heard of that assembly but i think it would be neat to check out.
     

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