Make Your Own Paddles


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by Wm. C.B. Richards

You can replace the lost or broken paddle for your kayak or canoe with one or both of the types described here. Length of single paddle (Figs. 1 and 2) should be the same as your height. Make any change of length in shaft when you draw profile and edge patterns on pattern paper or cardboard. Trace or paste on wood and cut on band saw, watching the edge cut for squareness. Draw knife and spokeshave will knock off corners to an octagon, then to round or elliptical shape, and to rib effect along blade. A small convex sole plane will be useful in making slight concavity in blade to develop rib. Each line flows into another for a well turned and balanced paddle, very quick on the recovery stroke. Scrape and sand; use straight varnish for both priming and finishing coats.

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