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Had a great time building paddles with some our our Boy Scouts in our Troop. I had to get a little creative with mine and add in some curves. The walnut and curly maple is my sons and the stack is all the other paddles that were built in my shop or in the past few years.
14 of us participated in an awesome High Adventure to Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario. Every one of us had a paddle crafted by our own hands. What a great experience!

All the photos were turned sideways when I uploaded them to LJ's. They are fine on my computer.

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Sweet! Id be afraid to use it in the rocks. A private outfitter or are you dragging canoes with you?
 

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Sweet! Id be afraid to use it in the rocks. A private outfitter or are you dragging canoes with you?

- Bluenote38
They get a little scratched up but have held up well.
We rented Kevlar canoes from Killarney Kanoes. They only weigh like 44 lbs. Our longest portage was 900+ meters, so not bad at all.
 

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Those are really nice paddles. I always wanted to make one. I also have a paddle on our powerboat that has seen its days. This should be a good inspiration to make one. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice bunch of paddles. 900 meters…...how many rods is that?
Walnut and maple sounds a bit heavy for a paddle. I too would like to make one. I'm inspired.
 

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Wow! about the fanciest paddles I've ever seen! Nice work.

Traditional paddle and oar stock is white ash. Boaters call using them making a 'white ash breeze'.
 

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WOW…........excellent paddles. Too nice to use!!
 

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Beautiful works of usable art! What finish did you use and did you fiberglass the tips? Thanks for sharing.
 

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Super nice, great to see such beautiful woods in a paddle.
 

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Looks too god to use!

I too sometimes ave trouble uploading photos in the right orientation. Something about the upload seems to rotate photo clockwise 90 deg. I found a way to fix it but it's is a clunky process. Assuming your using Windows…
- in File Explorer, right click the photo.
- select Edit. This should open up the photo in MS Paint.
- using the Paint toolbar, select rotate right 90 deg.
- save photo
- then rotate photo left 90 deg.
- save it again.
- upload photo

I don't assume to understand why it works but it does. Something in the photo file gets set/reset.
 

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Beautiful work.
 

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Beautiful works of usable art! What finish did you use and did you fiberglass the tips? Thanks for sharing.

- CFrye
The boys paddles have a sheet of fiberglass matting on the blade itself but nothing at the tips. I did not do matting on mine or my sons, with the curly maple, because I felt the added laminations of the curves of maple and walnut would prevent splitting. On my sons, the matting killed the chantoyance of the curl (did some experiments before hand), so just marine epoxy, 3 coats sanded between, then a couple coats of Epithanes marine varnish for UV protection.
The tile held up well even pushing against rocks, poleing, etc. just some scratches and chips.
 

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Thanks Charles and Jim! It nice to see some familiar faces on here. Haven't bother to be on LJs in quite some time. Gotten a little crowded. Lol
 

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Wow that is beautiful!
 

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Thanks everyone! It's always rewarding to build with the boys.
 

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Wow! about the fanciest paddles I ve ever seen! Nice work.

Traditional paddle and oar stock is white ash. Boaters call using them making a white ash breeze .

- GnarlyErik
My white ash makes breezes frequently.

Amazing paddles!
 

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Beautiful paddles.
 
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