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    Default Making a paddle

    OK, so it's not a boat, but I thought I'd post photos of the kayak paddle I'm working on, along with two others I made a couple of years ago.

    The new paddle's going to look most like the top one--the middle paddle is an aleut design that's a little more time consuming to produce.

    And when I finish it, they will be used to paddle this:

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    Talking Nice

    Nice work.

    Are the ribs bamboo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpScope View Post
    Nice work.

    Are the ribs bamboo?
    Nope. Those are willow shoots, bark scraped off and coated with boat soup. I don't know that you could bend bamboo that tightly, but then I've never tried.

    Bill

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    I tried to bend bamboo and it didn't work.

    Thought I'd ask. Thanks

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    The hull in the picture has Wolfgang Brinck written all over it. Willow shoot ribs and lashed scarfs. Am I correct?
    And, is it lashed with dental floss?

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    Nice rib detail on the center padle!
    I wonder if the long narrow Aleut/Inuit paddles are designed that way because they had no way to make them wider or if they are more efficient for their uses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyahoga Chuck View Post
    The hull in the picture has Wolfgang Brinck written all over it. Willow shoot ribs and lashed scarfs. Am I correct?
    And, is it lashed with dental floss?
    Right on the first--it's a Brinck boat, with lashed scarfs in the keel. It's lashed with artificial sinew and waxed whipping cord (the sinew goes anyplace you don't want so much of a hump under the skin). I am using dental floss to sew the skin on.

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    Default paddles

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Robb View Post
    Nice rib detail on the center padle!
    I wonder if the long narrow Aleut/Inuit paddles are designed that way because they had no way to make them wider or if they are more efficient for their uses?
    I think the paddles were made that way for a couple of reasons--you can push into the wind without having to feather the blades, paddles come out of narrow boards (driftwood originally, of course), fatigue may be reduced because the blade is less grabby, and in the case of the greenland paddles, slicing the blade through the water generates tons of lift, making rolling much easier.
    Greenland paddles probably generate a little less thrust than a wide euro paddle, but the ease of rolling and reduced fatigue more than compensates. The aleut style paddle, as far as I can tell, makes as much thrust as a euro paddle.

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    Default More paddle pics

    A little more progress. . .


    Beveling the blades before rounding


    Rounding the tip. The tips are fir, held on by a mortise and tenon and plenty of thickened epoxy.


    Paddle making tools

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