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Canoe paddles for a Scouting Adventure!

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Project by GaryL posted 09-24-2017 06:16 PM 1685 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.





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Bill Berklich

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#1 posted 09-24-2017 06:53 PM

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

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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GaryL

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#2 posted 09-24-2017 07:17 PM



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.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 09-24-2017 07:34 PM

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.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 09-24-2017 07:39 PM

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.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 09-24-2017 08:47 PM

These are all beautiful paddles and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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GnarlyErik

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#6 posted 09-25-2017 02:06 AM

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’.

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 09-25-2017 02:25 AM

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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CFrye

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#8 posted 09-25-2017 09:38 AM

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

-- God bless, Candy

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bushmaster

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#9 posted 09-25-2017 10:46 AM

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

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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toolfooldan

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#10 posted 09-25-2017 02:39 PM

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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WayneC

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#11 posted 09-25-2017 02:59 PM

Beautiful work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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GaryL

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#12 posted 09-25-2017 03:55 PM



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.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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GaryL

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#13 posted 09-25-2017 03:57 PM

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

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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RTV

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#14 posted 09-25-2017 05:45 PM

Wow that is beautiful!

-- Ray Vanderpool

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GaryL

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#15 posted 09-25-2017 07:32 PM

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

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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