Mine is a 10" drawknife I inherited. I don't think it was ever used. great for carving looms.
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Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-07-12 5:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: Radpaddler on Nov-07-12 6:08 PM (EST)
You have to get the raw material first before you can shape your paddle. I have made a couple of cedar paddles from one eight inch wide log.
My Molds : )|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Nov-07-12 6:15 PM (EST)
Patrick at ONNO Paddles!!|
Posted by: redmond on Nov-07-12 6:19 PM (EST)
I aspire to a ...|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-07-12 7:59 PM (EST)
Posted by: bartc on Nov-07-12 8:25 PM (EST)
Comes in different sizes and find both the straight and curved blades really great! Other one is a microplane barrel sanding bit for my drill. Will spring for a microplane straight blade for my Surform tool soon. These things carve beautifully.
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-07-12 8:38 PM (EST)
I pay cash for my Lumpy paddles. I throw in an extra twenty 'cause Bill doesn't charge enough.
Sounds like a real 'handy' crowd.|
Posted by: string on Nov-07-12 11:14 PM (EST)
I'm Not Totally Skill-less|
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-08-12 6:11 PM (EST)
If you asked me about my favorite paddle maintenance tool I'd say it was that very, very fine steel wool. After I sand out the scrapes and dings and I re-oil, I rub out that ugly gloss with the steel wool. I really like the look and feel after I do that.
If you are talking GPs...|
Posted by: booztalkin on Nov-08-12 8:51 AM (EST)
Since you are talking looms, you must be making a Greenland Paddle. For GPs, the block plane is the coolest tool. Simple, precise and feels elegant in your hand as it shaves the paddle into shape.
Plane and Spokeshave|
Posted by: VK1NF on Nov-08-12 12:44 PM (EST)
A small hand plane, a straight-edged spokeshave, sandpaper - add wood , instant GP...lol...
Can't live without|
Posted by: dajarr on Nov-08-12 2:36 PM (EST)
my low angle block plane.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Nov-08-12 2:40 PM (EST)
unless you count my Japanese waterstone
wood burning tool and Sharpies |
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Nov-08-12 6:50 PM (EST)
so i can customize them.
Posted by: riverman69 on Nov-09-12 6:01 AM (EST)
Low angle block plane and random orbital sander.
Definitely a spokeshave|
Posted by: bnystrom on Nov-09-12 7:23 AM (EST)
paddle making tool|
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-09-12 9:31 AM (EST)
When making paddles I start with a drawknife, use a block plane the most and finish with a spokeshave. Like Brian, if forced to choose just one tool it would be a high quality block plane.
I like a good |
Posted by: castoff on Nov-09-12 1:06 PM (EST)
Rasp and files. I do much of my shaping with them on bows and flutes and animal carvings. I also have block plane, spoke stave and draw knife. I have not made a gp yet, but plan on doing so.
If it had to be one tool only|
Posted by: mornstein on Nov-09-12 1:42 PM (EST)
It would be a draw knife or a spokeshave. With either I could, given adequate time, fashion a respectable paddle from a flat slab of wood.
Posted by: aamapes on Nov-09-12 2:14 PM (EST)
My favorite is an old no-name spoke shave I bought at a barn sale in the Finger Lakes, $10. It has an adjustable shoe, letting you vary the cut. It looks much like a Stanley #53. I find it lets me tune the cut depth for the varying grain of a piece of western red cedar.
Posted by: BigandSmall on Nov-09-12 10:17 PM (EST)
Angle grinder with a blending pad. I've since bought a new plane but the angle grinder worked very well for rapid shaping.
Power tools for paddle making|
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-10-12 11:50 AM (EST)
I do my sanding outside which |
Posted by: string on Nov-10-12 7:00 PM (EST)
mostly alleviates the dust issue.
Posted by: Bnystrom on Nov-11-12 9:23 AM (EST)
...using too many power tools takes all of the fun out of paddle making. I do use a band saw to cut the blank to shape and a jointer to make the initial taper on the blades, as it saves time in roughing out the paddle. However, I prefer hand tools for the shaping and sanding. Making cedar shavings is very relaxing and gives me a feel for the character of the wood. The small amount of hand sanding required afterward is when the real magic happens and the stick becomes a paddle. I like to feel that transformation taking place.
No.3 Stanley plane, block plane|
Posted by: hodtay on Nov-11-12 11:21 AM (EST)
I've carved many Greenland paddles, about 75. I use a vintage Stanley No.3 smooth plane after I band saw the blank to shape the paddle. I used to use a low-angle block plane for this but the No. 3 is easier on my hands. I set the iron proud of the sole and hold the plane at an angle to hog off material. I use the low-angle block plane to shape the leading edges of the blade and achieve the paddle's final shape.
Posted by: string on Nov-11-12 5:10 PM (EST)
Posted by: hodtay on Nov-11-12 8:55 PM (EST)
Others may have had this experience...
Hodtay, I am up to 10 paddles.|
Posted by: string on Nov-12-12 10:14 AM (EST)
The ones my 'customers' like best are the Aleuts. I suspect that is because they feel and act like Euros.
Posted by: aamapes on Nov-14-12 7:44 PM (EST)
I'm approaching 40 paddles - pretty much the same story. Glad I'm not trying to make a living at it, but it's fun.
Posted by: Jaybabina on Nov-12-12 8:04 AM (EST)
Dare I say "electric"?
Posted by: ret603 on Nov-12-12 1:27 PM (EST)
electric plane |
Posted by: joebhamilton on Nov-19-12 8:45 PM (EST)
Jay what kind of electric plane do you use?
My electric plane is an old Craftsman|
Posted by: string on Nov-19-12 9:17 PM (EST)
I inherited from the same guy who gave me the draw knife.
Posted by: ppine on Nov-14-12 1:34 PM (EST)
I like block planes and jack planes. I have had good success gluing wood pieces together, especially white ash, walnut, mahogany and WRC.
Posted by: greencrafted on May-11-13 9:13 AM (EST)
Low angle. and a table saw.