Wedding Guest Book Paddle

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Project by koopmaun posted 08-12-2007 09:37 PM 3087 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is an idea that I never would have thought of in a zillion years. I was approached and asked if I could make a paddle that would be used as a guest book at a wedding. Cool, eh!

The wedding is taking place at the Stanley Mission Church which is on an island in northern Saskatchewan. You have to boat out to it. All the guests, bridal party, everyone, is canoeing out to the church for the service. And, signing the paddle guest book.

The buyers wanted me to burn a picture of the church on the blade as well as the bride and groom’s names and wedding date. That is what you see in the picture shown. Turned out really nicely. Once the guests sign the paddle, in pencil, and I’ll get it back to wood burn the names and signatures, and then apply the finish. A really neat project and a cool keepsake.

I just finished it this week and have delivered it to the buyers. I also built them a paddle hanger rack with the backboard shaped like a canoe but can’t find the picture of it. DOH!


-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 08-12-2007 10:54 PM

really nice looking paddle … how long does it take to make then paddle and then burn it ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 08-13-2007 12:32 AM

That is the neatest most beautiful paddle.. What a really unique idea… Very Inspiring… Great Job Thanks for Sharing…

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#3 posted 08-13-2007 12:36 AM

Hi Dan,

It takes 3 days to glue up the bent shaft and straight shaft power stroke paddles. Day 1 I do the shaft, day 2 to add the blade and day 3 to do the blade tip.

The planing and sanding take about 3-4 hours and then I’m ready to do the wood burning. The time spent on that varies quite a bit and depends on what picture I’m doing, and what wood the paddle is made of. A simple design like the church picture here I finished in a 3 hours. I have spent as much as 20 hours on a picture. That was on a paddle made of cherry and walnut. Very hard woods take longer to burn images on.

I then put 3 coats of marine spar varnish on them. This takes me about a week as I let each coat dry 24 hours before doing the next.


-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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#4 posted 08-13-2007 05:48 AM

Great idea and execution. Really unique.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-13-2007 06:44 AM

That is a very cool idea and you did a great job. I haven’t used a wood burner since I was a kid. I think I will add one to my tool wish list. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#6 posted 08-13-2007 11:25 AM

how unique!!! And beautiful. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 11:29 PM

Great job,really pretty work

-- Doris Oakwood Ga

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#8 posted 03-23-2008 11:36 PM

Beautiful work.

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