I don't know the guy, nor can I vouch for the quality of his paddles, but he's got several laminated wooden GP's, for sale on Ebay ending today. His starting price of $117.30 to $122.30 (which includes shipping) is pretty good for anybody wanting to try out a GP (and who doesn't have time or skills to make one).
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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I Still Think Lumpy is Underpriced|
Posted by: Kudzu on May-03-14 3:30 PM (EST)
$175 plus shipping and handling.
Call me a skeptic...|
Posted by: Bnystrom on May-04-14 11:15 AM (EST)
...but I wouldn't trust a paddle that appears to be constructed from small scraps of wood. Particularly in the loom area, I would NEVER build a paddle that way. It's one thing to laminate a loom from full-length strips, but using small chunks destroys the continuous grain that is critical to loom strength. This is especially true with butt joints, which are notoriously low in strength compared to scrarfs or other joints with greater surface area.
Posted by: gstamer on May-04-14 7:21 PM (EST)
A poor paddle is never a bargain at any price, unless someone wants a "wall hanger". In addition to other remarks, blade tip shape looks thick and clunky, I'd expect a loud "kerplop" on every stroke. Lots of knots. Lot's of flatsawn lumber. If it were me, I'd steer clear.
Posted by: rpg51 on May-04-14 8:49 PM (EST)
and recommend Lumpy. Last thing you want is to get an ill fitting paddle when you are learning to use a greenland paddle. Get a Lumpy. It will fit you properly.
When a bargain isn't a bargain...|
Posted by: Recluse on May-05-14 3:25 PM (EST)
These days, anyone can download plans off the internet and have a go at making a paddle, and even trying to sell a couple... After all, everyone says they are so very easy to make...
X3 on Lumpy great to work with|
Posted by: ricknriver on May-20-14 6:17 PM (EST)
Nice to have it custom fitted too. IMHO most important part of your rig. R
Posted by: aamapes on May-08-14 6:58 AM (EST)
One look at the blunt paddle tip tells me this person has not used one much. That sicker would "plunk" with every stroke. See pic #8.
way too wide at the blade|
Posted by: RubricOfRuin on May-09-14 9:37 AM (EST)
for Greenland stick. And maybe it's just me, but the plades are simply not symmetrical, judging from the pics.
Looks nice as a wall hanging...|
Posted by: phrancis on May-15-14 4:26 PM (EST)
Posted by: yknpdlr on May-20-14 7:15 PM (EST)
Try Caleb Davis, Tremolo Paddles. He makes a living at building paddles. I can't necessarily vouch for the Greenland paddles that he makes, but I very much like his canoe paddles. Give him a call for details and advice.