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  Greenland Paddle wood - Toronto
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-11-13 11:35 AM (EST)
   Category: Paddles 

Hi all,

Looking into carving my first GP paddle - and I'm searching hard to find some good wood in the Toronto area.

I hit the big-box stores and what an adventure that is - every single piece of pine and cedar is riddled with knots. Can anyone recommend a lumber yard/store where I can get some good quality (pine/cedar/sitka spruce) knot-free wood in the GTA?


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  fence posts...
  Posted by: gstamer on Apr-11-13 11:41 AM (EST)

Did you check the cedar fence posts (4X4)? Often they are clear with good grain. Smaller pieces are often junk in the box stores.

I usually have to get a 4X4 and cut it down in size with a bandsaw or table-saw, orienting for the best grain.
If you are very lucky you might get two paddle blanks out of one post.

Greg Stamer
  Cedar 4x4 for paddle blanks
  Posted by: ret603 on Apr-11-13 7:24 PM (EST)
I second what Greg said.

Look for the best straight grained 4x4. Then, bandsaw it into two blanks with proper vertical grain orientation. May have to visit a couple of quality lumber yards if you can't find such a 4x4 at a box store.

  You could go wider as well
  Posted by: rival51 on Apr-11-13 10:26 PM (EST)
It's worth looking at 2X8s - 2X12s as well. You might be able to find a 3 1/2 X 84" section in there. I've cut strips & laminated for the couple of paddles that I've built.


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