Ergonomic Bent Shaft Paddle with Pyrography

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Project by koopmaun posted 11-27-2006 09:38 PM 4703 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are 2 things that I love to do, work with wood and do pyrography, woodbuned art.

I am an active member of the Saskatchewan Woodworkers Guild and have been teaching pyrography to guild members for 3 years now.

I have been making canoe paddles for presents for years. It wasn’t until I started doing the pyrography that I realized that the paddle blade was a perfect little canvas. I now build regular paddles, straight shaft power stroke blade paddles, and ergonomic bent shaft power stroke blade paddles that feature custom pyrographic artwork on the blade of the paddle.

This not only satisfies my artistic urges, but the woodworking urges as well. The pictures attached here are of a couple of paddles that I entered in a juried art show and won first and second in category and a first in division. If you want to see the shape of the paddle shaft, please visit my website.

-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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#1 posted 11-27-2006 09:49 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!!!!! That is very nice work. How did you affix the bread board edge on the one paddle with the Ducks so it wouldn’t cause the paddle to crack with expansion and contraction of the wood?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 11-27-2006 10:32 PM

“BEAUTIFUL” Welcome to Lumberjocks, I’ll be looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 11-28-2006 01:09 AM

Hi Max and Dick. Thank you for the kind comments. To answer your question Max, the blades are laminated 1” thick using polyurethane glue, then planed to the rough blade thickness. I do not use any splines, etc. for the edge boards. They are finished with 3 coats of spar varnish so I am faily certain they will not be moving at all. I’ve been using mine for 2 years now and not a hint of a problem. Cheers, Doug

-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 12-02-2006 04:53 PM

Koopmaun: This is so cool. Between you, lienbelieve, and Pat Sherman, I am convinced that I would enjoy playing with a quality woodburning tool. Your artwork is very classy looking, and I can see why they award winning.

a new fan,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 12-04-2006 07:59 PM

Thanks Mark. I was at an art/craft show this past weekend doing woodburning demos and started a new woodburning which I will post here when I get a free moment. I’ll do one pic of it now when it is just started and another when it’s done.


-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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#6 posted 04-08-2007 12:29 AM

Wow, I can’t wait to see anything else you will do what beautiful work.


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#7 posted 04-08-2007 12:33 AM

Nice canvas. The pictures are great.

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

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#8 posted 10-01-2008 03:45 AM

WOW, they get better and better. Extraordinary!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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