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So, I am a hobbyist woodworker and am often trying to find neat little things to make for around the house. Towel racks, knife racks, step stools, work benches - that sort of thing.
Well, we just purchased two beautiful Werner full carbon paddles off the Craigslist and though they came with Wenonah paddle bags, the paddles would look much better if mounted on the wall above our TV.
Yes, we are geeks that way.
So my question is this - will hanging a full carbon paddle horizontally cause any problems over the long term? Obviously we will be taking them down often to go capsize a boat somewhere, but I can't help but wonder about the Gravity Always Wins argument. Will hanging our new toys like trophy fish lead to warping blades, drooping shafts or some other horrible malady?
Any thoughts are appreciated...
Touring Kayak Paddles
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no, it won't|
Posted by: gnarlydog on Jul-07-13 6:06 PM (EST)
unlike organic paddles (wood) that can warp if stored incorrectly, carbon paddles on the other hand do not have any problems if stored horizontally or only supported on small areas.
Posted by: 72hw on Jul-08-13 12:54 AM (EST)
I am glad to hear your thoughts - I thought this might be the case, just needed a second opinion.
Posted by: WaterBird on Jul-07-13 6:26 PM (EST)
I share your affection for my Werner carbon paddle but never thought of it as a decorative element. On the other hand I do hang my backpacks prominently because I like to look at them (and to remind me to hike). If I were a thief I would take your paddles right off the wall.
Posted by: 72hw on Jul-08-13 12:52 AM (EST)
WaterBird - the paddles would take a place along side our ice climbing axes, out dated climbing protection and images of the Eastern Sierra.
and hanging them diagonally|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jul-08-13 4:54 PM (EST)
Means you're at least marginally imaginative.
Adjust the paddle hanging angle for |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-07-13 11:11 PM (EST)
the best TV reception.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-07-13 11:38 PM (EST)
When I got my first GP, it was a custom made 5 lamination red cedar that was such a beautiful object that I kept it on the wide stone fireplace mantel in my living room all that first summer, often giving it an admiring caress as I would pass by. With use, it eventually got too beat up to display -- and having to dip the ends in heavy varnish to protect them spoiled the "baby's bottom" velvety sheen of the original tung oil and varnish finish.
Fank was right...|
Posted by: 72hw on Jul-08-13 12:56 AM (EST)
See my response above regarding ice climbing gear!
Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-08-13 9:29 AM (EST)
That would be a cool display (at least to a fellow old gearhead). Must confess that I still have my ancient Stubai Nanga Parbat ice axe stashed in the closet. I donated most of the rest of my mountaineering and ice climbing gear years ago to a Peruvian outing club whose members some of my climber friends got to know on trips to the Cordillera Blanca, but I couldn't part with that particular axe. I'd thought of making a front door handle with it, like on the entrances to some of the REI stores.
I hope not|
Posted by: pikabike on Jul-08-13 1:41 AM (EST)
Two days ago, I decided it was time to install hooks in the garage to hang up at least 2 paddles. Have not installed the hooks yet, but it never occurred to me that hanging paddles in that fashion might distort them. I doubt they're heavy enough, plus they get used a few days each week.
Posted by: rblturtle on Jul-08-13 8:52 AM (EST)
I thing they are right about carbon paddles. I did ruin my wood canoe pole by storing it laying across my rafters in my great room causing it to warp.
I've had long closet pole canoe |
Posted by: ezwater on Jul-08-13 3:34 PM (EST)
double blades hanging in my damp basement for over 20 years, and they haven't warped. Properly selected wood (straight grain throughout) should not warp under such light stress.
trying to decide...|
Posted by: tiger1964 on Jul-09-13 7:27 AM (EST)
... if making the hooks to hang them out of wood instead of making them of carbon fiber is incongruous or not. :^/
Custom display mounts.|
Posted by: tktoo on Jul-09-13 3:54 PM (EST)
Generally accepted practice in museums is to provide adequate support with as little visual detraction as possible. In more polished exhibitions, you might not even notice them at all if you weren't looking for them.