• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
scaup

Building a Paddle?

Recommended Posts

I think my daughter and I are going to make a couple of paddles this winter. Can anyone tell me about some good, "how to material"? Books and etc... Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Contact the guys at the Northwest Canoe Company in St.Paul. They have everything you would need. They sell tons of books on building paddles, canoes and kayaks. They also offer course on building everything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I talked to one of the guys from Northwest Canoe Company. They did not have any refernece materials but were really helpfull in answering some questions I had. If I were going to build a canoe I would certainly take one of the classes offered by them. I ended up ordering a book from Piragis.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah I found them when I needed a replacement part for my Penobscot. They were extremely helpful. Getting the part from them cut to fit my canoe was fair cheaper then ordering the part directly from Old Town.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't usually stop in this forum, but man am I glad I did. I've been thinking about building some paddles for some time. Sounds like the place to go. Do they have a shop that's open to the public? I'd love to stop in sometime.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its a really small shop. They do tons of boat repairs and custom boats. They offer canoe and kayak building classes. Its run by 2 guys who really seem to know what they are doing.

Yes, they do have a shop thats open to the public. Its a beast to find the bottom floor of a major building on the edge of downtown St.Paul.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I built a set many years ago out of mahogany for the main shaft and birch and mahogany strips for the paddle and handle. Used a waterproof glue and left them clamped up for several days to cure. I cut them down with a block plane and finished up with the sanders. Be careful not to make the paddles too thin as they'll have no strength in the water. I think my startup stock was 1.5 x 3/4.

I used a standard paddle as a template and made custom length from the ground to my chin for best efficiency.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I finished my first one a few weeks ago and have been glueing up 2 more for the kids. I just did the rough cut on them last night. I really enjoyed makeing the first one and I think it turned out pretty well. I used hackberry, maple and poplar. On the kids paddles I am using Hackberry, poplar and some aspen. The only thing I can't figure out is how to put an abraison resistant tip on the paddles to protect from the rocks in the BW.

Any ideas would be really appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well,I can't say these 2 paddles in the photograph are anything that "special" but I carved em myself ...one from a redwood plank...the other from a white cedar plank....been useing em for about 5 years up in the Voyageur's Park(Grassy Bay).....no fancy bells and whistles on these guys but they certainly get the job done! grin....if they break(which they aren't going to do)...just take an afternoon with the bandsaw,beltsander and make another one....no glueing invoved with this paddle project....

paddles87copy-1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wouldn't worry to much about the tip, I built this one about 4 or 5 yerars ago and have just been a little careful and it's held up great.

[url=wildriver009.jpg]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Did someone pee in your charcoal 😁?
    • I like to see the fish that gets away verses not. A few weeks ago, I was trolling for walleyes on the SLR and while reeling one in, something grabbed a hold of it and fought hard for a while but chewed the walleye pretty bad. Trolled over the same are 20 minutes later and caught another walleye and this time it didn't let go and I saw what was eating my walleyes and it was a huge musky that got close to the boat and snapped the line and left with my crankbait and fish. So, the one I saw that "got away" was a cooler sight than the mystery fish that attacked my walleye that I never got to see earlier that day
    • Besides the motor on the back, I don't see much a difference between an old boat and a new boat.   It's not like new boats parallel park themselves.           
    • and still end up with an old boat as was said earlier.  I think it's more a labor of love for what we have...
    • looks like it got corrected! thanks Rick
    • Looks fine to me @rundrave :D
    • Hello from the NW Angle!

      Surface water temperatures range from 65 in the morning reaching low 70s during the late afternoon. 

      Minnesota has been best in shallower areas such as the Flag Island Flats (5-9 ft.) Prime time being the evening bite with many nice fish including a 31" beast. Deeper water around Four Blocks and LIttle Oak are providing good action for Walleye/Sauger. Orange has been the top color. Even with the recent Mayfly hatch and plenty of crayfish in fishes bellies, (Walleye, Sauger and Northerns) the fishing is awesome!

      Canadian fishing has been the best using bottom bouncers in the mud with gold being the most productive color spinners. Jigging will produce fish around structure with larger Walleye/Sauger coming out of 26+ feet of water. Pike and Muskie action is somewhat concentrated to underwater weeds or occasionally while jigging for walleye.

      We hope to see you soon! 
      Sunset Lodge
    • I think you'd probably have to develop connections to find the right boats at the right price.  If you could also increase the number of boats you do in a given season you could also start buying some materials in bulk which would help drive material costs down.  Still I'm guessing margins would be relatively thin, certainly not a get rich quick scheme. 
    • New Ice shelter coming this fall from Otter and Polaris specifically made for full size Rangers.  This will be available through Polaris Dealers.   https://fishingminnesota.com/forums/topic/210952-new-ice-shelter-from-polaris-and-otter/