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brass-tipped padles?

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by mccloud, May 12, 2019.

  1. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac In Memoriam

    Is there a company or individual still making brass-tipped wood paddles? Tom McCloud
  2. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

  3. Tsuga88

    Tsuga88 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I have a Mitchell OBWW (open-boat white water) paddle that I picked up at my local outfitters a few years back. It appears to have a metal tip at the end - not copper, but a whiter metal - maybe steel? The blade has a fiberglass sheath and everything was under the varnish (glass & metal tip). It's taken a beating on a couple river trips, so the varnish has been ground off (time to add a few coats!), revealing the metal underneath. The website currently mentions a polyurethane tip, not metal - maybe they switched from metal to synthetic after I bought this.

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  4. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    The main drawback to metal tips is usually the inability to truly seal the holes where they get tacked or riveted on. This is generally not a problem with epoxy or fiberglass tip protectors. If you cut the cloth on a bias (diagonal to the weave) it's also possible to wrap a couple layers of fiberglass cloth (or even Kevlar) in epoxy seamlessly over a paddle tip. The bias cut strips will conform well to corners and other odd shapes and tight bends. Then you can fill the weave texture with plain resin and sand it smooth if desired, and paint it whatever color you want.


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