A Kayak Paddle from a 2X4

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Project by SteveFrederick posted 01-01-2008 11:35 PM 4234 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Greenland-style paddle. It’s carved from a Cedar 2X4, 7-feet long.
It’s easy to make. Just a few hours with a plane and spokeshave.

-- Blessings, Steve. Upstate NY.

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 11:40 PM

Great. IS it being entered into the contest.

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 11:47 PM

Nice bit of shaping. I bet the light cedar makes paddling much easier.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 01-02-2008 12:05 AM

You still have enough lumber allowage to make a box.

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 12:11 AM

well isn’t that cool. Awesome.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-02-2008 08:27 AM

very cool…u need to enter it in the contest!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 01-02-2008 09:02 AM

Looks great Steve.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-02-2008 10:40 AM

That’s one fine bit of whittling there. Good luck!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 01-02-2008 01:24 PM

excellent entry in the contest!!! :) Best of luck

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-02-2008 06:17 PM

Very cool, I have never tried this kind of work before, maybe someday.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 01-02-2008 08:41 PM

Nice! I’m afraid if I carved my own oars I’d have a nice set of cedar tooth picks.. Fish on!

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#11 posted 01-02-2008 08:44 PM

Grumpy, The paddle is a modern variation of a traditional Inuit (Eskimo) design. Actually, they would use sticks, whittled roughly to shape. If they lost one, they could easily find a replacement.
I have another that I did from a laminated block of Cedar and Mahogany, very heavy!
This one is, as you said very light.
I can get a lot more efficient power transfer with this style paddle, less shoulder stress also.

Thanks all, for the encouragement!

-- Blessings, Steve. Upstate NY.

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#12 posted 01-02-2008 09:45 PM

the simplicity of it is so beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 01-03-2008 06:09 PM

I might have to try making one of those. Very nice work.

-- Chelle

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#14 posted 01-15-2008 09:12 AM

Too cool! Very nice. What a great coincidence. I’m headed to maui in Feb. As a thank you I’m just starting to make my sister-in-law a kayak paddle.

I love the simplicity as well. I’ll be doing something similar. It won’t be for the contest though. I’ll be edge banding it with some darker cedar and maybe a thin strip of lyptus to toughen the edge and make the blades broader. I love making paddles….:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#15 posted 01-16-2008 06:59 AM

What a great paddle! I bet that was a fun project, shavings are so much more fun than sawdust!

-- "A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are for" ~ Unknown

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