Saturday, February 11, 2006

I made my first Greenland style paddle! It was not anywhere near as hard as I thought it would be. I got the confidence to do it after watching a free on-line video by Matt Johnson. I also got some helpful hints from Dave Braun from QajaqUSA.

My advice is to get a 3" block plane. I used that a lot. In fact, that tiny tool was so easy to control I used it for most of the planing. I would also recommend borrowing a power planer. I borrowed one and it cut hours off the initial planing. And finally, get good wood. "Good" for me was completely vertical grain at the ends of the board. I did botch a first attempt at my paddle because I basically went to Lowes and grabbed the first cedar 2x4 I saw. Whoops. The second one I picked was near perfect.

Make one of these yourself. The more we make, the better we get. I am buying a power planer today. I also bought a Japanese handsaw. That helped with some of the cutting. Any questions, feel free to email me.

Nice paddle Mattew!

I'm glad you found the video helpful.

Looks great. I'm still going to have Don Beale make mine. I know better than to get near woodworking tools. It's a real gift if you can do it. Your first attempt looks fantastic!
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