Hand made canoe paddle

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Project by Marc Craig posted 11-25-2015 02:54 PM 2015 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since reading Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman I wanted to make a canoe paddle for myself. I started with some scrap cedar from my kitchen table project and some ash and walnut wood that was left over from another project. I laminated them together with some dowels for strength. I then took out the hand tools and shaped the paddle. A very fun project using the spoke shave was great got lots of time learning about hand tools I cant wait to make another one. I did about 10 coats of spar varnish and it looks great the lighting in the pictures does not due it justice.

-- "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing" TR #26

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 02:57 PM

Nice looking paddle. Keep a good finish on it.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 04:05 PM

Nice work and the combination of woods make it very attractive. The shaping is an interesting process keeping both sides the same. Well done.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 08:27 PM

Nice paddle, Looks like you are into kayaks, I have canoed, made the canoe and paddles, but now have been making kayaks, I make an inexpensive, quick build, strong, light weight kayak. lighter than Kevlar, kayak. I had hoped to sell plans but never got that far. Would like to post construction process on Lumber Jocks if people where interested. Didn’t have a digital camera for the first biadarkia style kayak I built. Need to build another one.
Happy paddling.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 11-26-2015 01:54 AM

Nice looking paddle. Making a canoe is on my “to do” list. Which also means I will need to make a paddle. Yours turned out really well.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#5 posted 11-26-2015 03:00 AM

Turned out relly well. Lots of fun making them and really useful. Keep up the great work.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#6 posted 11-26-2015 02:33 PM

Beatiful. Nice job

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 11-27-2015 08:54 PM

Thank you all for the positive feed back. Bushmaster I would love to see the kayak you built Ihave a plastic one for now I am going to make a few more paddles for friends and then the canoe I have been researching cedar strip canoes and have fallen in love with them. Ihave a few more projects for the house but i think next winter the canoe project starts!

-- "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing" TR #26

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