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Forum topic by Rob posted 01-19-2009 05:41 AM 580 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2009 05:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: inlay canoe paddle

I was thinking I’d like to try an inlay into a canoe paddle. My question is should I inlay while the paddle is still a flat blank or after it has been carved. I imagine it’s easier to do the work while the paddle is flat however I can imagine carving away some of the inlay by accident. Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 01-19-2009 06:31 AM

I would suggest carving the paddle as close to finished as possible and even sand it smooth. Then do the inlay. This way you don’t have to use a super thick material for the inlay. Try to get the inlay close to flush, but standing proud just enough to scrape flush. I also suggest using a material that isn’t harder then the paddle because when you sand the inlay the paddle will sand faster then the inlay leaving the inlay feeling higher or not flat. If that makes sense. Anyhow I’d like to see the outcome so please post the relult. Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-19-2009 06:51 AM

That’s good advice, thank you. I may have a problem using a softer material than I used for the paddle however. I used cedar. I’m not sure if you are familiar with paddles but I’m making a whitewater style. I want it to be light. I plan to reinforce the entire surface with fibreglass. Perhaps I’ll use a differnt type of cedar, or stain the inlay beforehand. Thanks again, I’ll give it a try.

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#3 posted 01-19-2009 07:02 AM

You can put any kind of inlay in that you wish. That was just a little tip. However, with care you can make it work. Try scraping smooth instead of sanding. If you do sand try to use a big block, something that hits a large area. Don’t use sandpaper by hand without a block because your fingers will sand the surface uneaven. Don’t let anything stop you from carrying out your design or inspiration. It may take some experimenting to get it right but everything does when you learn on your own. Good luck and I hope I helped.

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