Bent Shaft Canoe Paddle #2

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Project by Timbers posted 2623 days ago 1681 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second bent shaft canoe paddle.
The shaft is ash. The blade and grip are Honduras Mohagny and Maple.
Finished with boiled linseed oil.

-- Tim Nuanes

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#1 posted 2623 days ago

oh how I love the look and feel of a beautiful paddle… SWEEEEEET.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 2623 days ago

Beautiful padle. What is the purpose of the bent shaft? What particular craft is it made for?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 2623 days ago

I like this one even better, love the Honduras Mohagny…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#4 posted 2623 days ago

I’ll be on the river in about three hours. That is a beautiful piece.

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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 2623 days ago

Timbers…this is beautiful. My next project (lumber is bought) is a paddle for a Stand up paddle Board. Similar to these.

What epoxy did you use? I’ll be making it with a center shaft of mahogany and the rest cedar. Did you steam bend the shaft?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 2623 days ago

Mark: Bent paddles are for the bends in the rivers. I think maybe LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2623 days ago

I think its bent so that it looks straight after you account for the water refraction. Lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 2622 days ago

You’re both wrong, I know for a fact they’re specially made for people who like to row around in circles. They sure are purdy though. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 2621 days ago

really appreciate the kind remarks!

The bent shaft design is used in Hawaiian outrigger canoes (other places too that I’m not so familiar with). It keeps the paddle face perpendicular to the direction of travel, thus adding more power to each stroke. It is the preferred paddle design in all competitive outrigger paddling (competitors genarally use the soulless epoxy/fiberglass paddls that are lighter and tend to break though).

-- Tim Nuanes

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