make your own
Posted by: ret603 on Jan-31-14 1:31 PM (EST)
Once you make a couple, a longer, shorter, wider, differently configured loom or any other exploration is just $20-$40 of wood and about 3-4 hours of time. Buy a 4x4 with straight grain and split it with a bandsaw to get two blanks with vertical grain. Most 2x4's are flat sawn, not the more desirable vertical grain. Many paddle makers periodically teach classes, which is a good way to start on GP making.
Don Beale is well thought of on the West Coast, Lumpy in the Southeast,
and Tuktu in Jersey. There are many other excellent GP makers and I apologize to the many I've omitted.
I personally use an Aleutian paddle most often and when using an Greenland paddle really like the the paddling feel of the Feather-Craft Greenland paddle I purchased used. However, it only comes in one length (my preferred length), has sharp edges on the blade and is expensive. Some Feather-craft paddles are mostly laminated hardwood: heavy and strong. The one I have is laminated Red Cedar with an hardwood spline down the center for additional strength.
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