Greenland Kayak Paddle

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Project by Corec posted 05-18-2022 03:46 PM 508 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s my third paddle, this time a Greenland-style kayak paddle. I’ve never used one before and wanted to try it. Figured it would more fun and much more cost-effective to make my own than to buy one.

I used plans from Cape Falcon Kayak. He does a great job with the videos and plans. I highly recommend him.

I found a unicorn at the big orange box: a completely knot free, straight grained, zero runout, nearly quarter sawn cedar 2×4. Whoa.

The blades were rough shaped with a jigsaw and then the rest was hand planed. My shoulders are tired. I can see why the pros use a powered hand plane.

Finish is Helmsman's Teak Oil from Ace Hardware. I even had a coupon!

Total cost was $16 for the board, $10 for a can of finish (only used about half a cup), a couple quarter sheets of sandpaper, and about 5 hours.

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#1 posted 05-18-2022 03:49 PM

Love the closeup of the grain. I’m guessing this is one of those that pictures don’t do justice to the real piece.

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#2 posted 05-18-2022 04:44 PM

Fantastic! I need to build one of these.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#3 posted 05-18-2022 06:32 PM

Looks nice. I’m always a fan of building VS buying so it’s always a treat to see it when others do it as well

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#4 posted 05-18-2022 09:43 PM

Good looking paddle that ought to do the job. Bet the paddle will make your shoulders sore again. It is nice work.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 05-18-2022 09:52 PM

@987Ron – Ha! That’s supposed to be one of the big advantages of Greenland paddles. Less stress on the shoulders. We’ll see.

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#6 posted 05-18-2022 10:44 PM

Oh my – great project and well timed. I have a colleague at work who has been asking me to build him one. For laugh, I made a mini one and wrapped it for him to find in his office mailbox!!

How difficult would you say this was? Sure looks great!

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#7 posted 05-19-2022 12:17 AM

@BB1 – Thanks! That’s pretty funny.

It was maybe a 2 out of 10 on the difficultometer. Knots, runout, and tearout would have made it a lot harder. A nice bandsaw, a power hand planer, and a 3/4” roundover router bit would have made it a lot easier.

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#8 posted 05-19-2022 01:36 AM

My hand tool abilities are about a 1 out of 10 (with 10 being the good end of the scale). I’ll have to look at some videos and check the resource you linked (thanks for that).

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#9 posted 05-19-2022 02:13 AM

Looks like you did great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 05-19-2022 08:50 PM

That is agoos looking paddle, well done. After cutting to shape, did you plane the rest down? If so I can understand the sore shoulders.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#11 posted 05-20-2022 01:41 AM

Started to listen to the free video series from Cape Falcon Kayak. I think the plans are $12. Did you find them as descriptive as indicated? Thinking if I do try one, plans would be helpful as I’ll need some good level of detail to pull this off.

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#12 posted 05-20-2022 12:47 PM

@Eric – Yes. I planed it down by hand, from 1.5” to 1/8” at the tip.

@BB1 – Yes, the plans are worth it for the cross sections.

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#13 posted 05-20-2022 08:29 PM

Corec, that is some work, and well done. That paddle is going to be strong. I think there might be a plan in Nick Shades book on kayaks.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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