I started carving a single piece Eastern Red Cedar canoe paddle a few days ago and it's about 75% done. This is my first attempt at a paddle and so far it looks decent. It's not a thing of beauty, but I think it will work well and look fairly nice when it's finished. Has anyone else tried paddle making?
My best friend made an ash paddle in a class at Traditional Ways gathering in Ashland, WI. It was insanely perfect. She's amazing. I recommend that gathering if you're in the area. traditionalways.org
Anyway, I'm more focused on bows and arrows right now, so that's what I'm working on. Next I want to make a crooked knife to make more wood projects like paddles and spoons, etc.. Check this out: https://paddlemaking.blogspot.com/2009/09/crooked-knife-project-part-1-salvaging.html
I've made a few canoe paddles over the years. My wood of choice was yellow cedar from the west coast.
This is a case of using what is available. I walked out, found a dead standing red cedar pretty close to the size I wanted and cut out a section.
Next I'll probably try ash or walnut for the same reasons. Easy to work with and I have it available.
Yeah that's the way to do it. I had access to lot of old growth cedar at the time.
What are you using to make it? Solid wood or veneered?
Solid wood. I'm carving it out of a trunk section.
I applied a beeswax paste to the paddle a couple days ago and have started heating and polishing it. An actual paddle maker would probably throw it away, but I'm looking forward to testing it in the canoe.