I think the best wood canoe paddle would be a cherry ottertail that was hand carved by someone with a good eye.
However, I have another thing in mind. What is the best wooden canoe paddle, if someone wanted ZRE-like performance without the look of carbon fiber?
I have a Grey Owl Marathon which they no longer make. I also really like the Whiskeyjack, though I only tried it once. Anyone know of a better one?
I'm willing to consider all wood, or paddles that are almost all wood, with perhaps synthetic edging or 'glass blade coverings or maybe even a bit of carbon reinforcement woven onto the blade.
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Posted by: Dan-the-Man on Apr-15-09 12:17 AM (EST)
Brad Gillespie of Gillespie Paddles has been handcrafting bent shaft racing canoe paddles for years. I have a balsa ultralite w phenolic wrap that is light, lively,and strong with the warmth and beauty of wood. It's an excellent paddle.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-15-09 10:43 AM (EST)
gillespie, hands-down for me
Puddicombe's Wildwood paddles|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-15-09 12:41 AM (EST)
are pretty sweet, but I think he's retired. I tried a couple last summer and was quite infatuated.
There were issues... n/m|
Posted by: Kanoo on Apr-15-09 4:26 PM (EST)
Posted by: fadedred on Apr-15-09 5:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: tktoo on Apr-15-09 8:32 AM (EST)
Love my Leader!|
Posted by: Jsaults on Apr-15-09 10:22 AM (EST)
Posted by: openboater on Apr-15-09 4:54 PM (EST)
Best is in the eye of the beholder|
Posted by: jerryohare on Apr-15-09 10:14 AM (EST)
Everyone has preferences. I also prefer a wood paddle to the composites. My favorites in order of favoriteness:
Posted by: beachcamper on Apr-16-09 3:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: clarion on Apr-15-09 10:25 AM (EST)
The most difficult part is not getting overwhelmed by all the choices. Best email Brad with what you are seeking to achieve and let him help you.
Gillespie all the way|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Apr-15-09 4:54 PM (EST)
Brad Gillespie was the first to put a slight curl on the lip of his blades, a feature now promoted by ZRE as the PowerSerge blade. It makes the entry and catch so smooth and splashfree. The Gillespie knobs are shaped to fit the hand, not look like artwork, the result is no blisters after 8 hours of hard paddling.
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-16-09 3:12 PM (EST)
mornstein is too humble.