...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.
Full Size Sail Rig
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