|Project by fredj||posted 07-24-2013 02:18 PM||2328 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
When I made the 1st two paddles (they have T-grips) bent shaft paddles were unheard of in the deep south. I was a novice woodworker and a hardcore flat water paddler. The 1st two had the shoulders of the blades cut down to make them move faster in water. The 3rd is a better design, and has book matched western red cedar in the blade. The light colored wood in all three is white spruce, the other woods are black walnut, ash, and mahogany. The bend is 14 degrees, and was glued up over a form. The “Power Face” of the blades were flattened on a joiner. All other shaping was done by hand with spoke shaves and sandpaper. Does anyone else here make paddles ?