Relief Carved Bent Shaft Canoe Paddle

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Project by koopmaun posted 08-08-2007 05:12 AM 3777 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yikes, it has been a looooong time since I last posted here. Where does the time fly? Anyhow, here it is, a new project just completed.

A bit of background on why I decided to do this. I took a power carving class from my local wood working guild and was wondering what I could do to use this new found knowledge. As I love doing canoe paddles, I decided to do a relief carving on the paddle blade. The paddle shown is a bent shaft power stroke blade paddle made of cherry with maple accent strips and walnut for the blade sides and tip. I have woodburned the moon, the really dark trees and some of the foreground. I also added a burned line under each of the relief edges to emphasize the relief as it is very shallow.

I have not finished the paddle yet, on the books to get started this weekend. It will be finished with 3 coats of spar varnish, wet sanded between coats.

I’m very pleased with the look and feel of this paddle. Even leaving the blade slightly thicker than I normally do, it still weighs in at about 24 oz. This will be entered in an art show this fall in the functional art category. Wish me luck.


-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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#1 posted 08-08-2007 05:34 AM

This is beautiful, you did a nice job, is almost unbelievable to think this is the first time you did this.


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#2 posted 08-08-2007 01:20 PM

That’s a pretty spectaular canoe paddle!!! I esepcially like the wood burning under the cuts. It adds a lot of depth. The combination of carving and Pyrography is very effective. Good design. I hope it wins.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-08-2007 02:41 PM

Very nice. I just started building my 1st paddle . I really like the carving and the pyrography on your website is great. I was thinking of doing some pyrography on mine but don’t want to chance screwing it up. I’m going to be making some canoe paddles and will try it on at least one of those.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 08-08-2007 03:18 PM

nice job!

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#5 posted 08-08-2007 08:28 PM

Great work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 08-17-2007 05:00 PM

Oh man, that’s really nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 08-17-2007 10:52 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m anxious to do another one similar to this, just need a subject idea. I’m thinking maybe a grizzly bear.


-- Koopmaun, Canada,

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