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PostPosted: August 18th, 2006, 2:31 pm 
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My apologies, I know this is boat building forum, but does anyone know where I can access some full-size paddle patterns or templates?

I am getting so frustrated trying to find a paddle long enough for me, and I'm so sick of salespeople telling me "that's long enough, you don't need a longer one than that...." just to sell whatever they have on hand. Craftsman I am not, but I am fairly sure I can tackle a paddle if I take my time over the winter. My problem is I don't have the artistic ability to draw a nice long, narrow, rounded, balanced blade shape that I want freehand. I'm looking for something like an Ashwing or an Ottertail/Modified Ottertail.

Any assistance anyone can offer is much appreciated.


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2006, 10:42 am 
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This book, "Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own (Paperback) by Graham Warren, David Gidmark" has several plans:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1552095258

If you have woodworking skills and a favorite paddle, all you need to do is to trace out the blade and grip on a piece of paper. To make sure the shape is identical from side-to-side, trace out only half to the midline, then fold the paper over along the midline and cut out both halves for a perfectly symmetrical pattern. Transfer to the wood of your choice after determining shaft length and cut out with jigsaw.

Ted Moores' "Canoecraft" 2nd ed. also has a chapter on paddlemaking.

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PostPosted: September 20th, 2006, 9:49 am 
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I don,t know if this is the right blade shape for you but there is also a lot of info on how to make one.
And it is free.
And you can get it from Australia !

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~storerm/ ... addle.html

Good luck !

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PostPosted: September 20th, 2006, 11:28 am 
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Buying and building paddles is a very personal thing.

But you mentioned two paddles you like. You must have used these paddles somewhere to know that you like them. Right? :-? So borrow the paddles and trace them onto paper to create a template. Don't bother tracing the shaft...just concentrate on the blade, and trace a grip that you like. Maybe take a couple pictures to illustrate the thickness of the blade, how the blade transitions into the shaft, and how the grip transitions into the shaft. Then get the wood and start building. You are very likely going to make mistakes on the first one... likely nothing that won't make it a functional paddle, but you might not want to blow $50 on some exotic wood for the first one. Build a few, even all at the same time so that you can experiment, and determine what design features you like, and which you won't do again.

I'd be happy to send you a tracing of my paddles, but what you're looking for isn't what I use...

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PostPosted: October 4th, 2006, 9:47 am 
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Sorry, I hadn't realized this topic had been resurrected as of late.

The ottertail that I used and really enjoyed came with our rental boat on our first trip together earlier this summer. While I found the length a little short for my taste, I really liked the way the blade mov ed through the water. Unfortunately no amount of chatting up would get the outfitter to loan or rent me just a paddle to use as a tracing guide.

After we bought our used canoe, in order to get on the water right away I just ended up buying the least expensive laminated paddles I could find, a simple beavertail shape with a 6" wide blade. I used that as a pattern simply elongating the shaft, transferring onto a couple of decent maple planks my Dad had in surplus for my current projects. Eventually I still want to attempt a narrower blade style when I can find a template, but I'm happy with the progress on these, and at least I'll have the length I'm comfortable with.


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PostPosted: August 5th, 2007, 5:37 pm 
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Howdy,

The free paddleplan above has changed its URL - it is now
http://www.storerboatplans.com/Paddles/FreePaddle.html

You can't see the curvature of the single blades well in this shot but it is similar to the double.

There is one more pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/boatmik/925840926/in/set-72157601053377705/
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Also if you're making your own templates for paddles its much easier to get it even (symmetrical) if you only make a half template and just flip it over for the other side.

My last paddle I just eyeballed as I shaped it. No template used... Just picked it up and sighted along it now and then as I worked.

If you're just experimenting, use cheap wood and just try things out. A six to eight foot 2x8 doesn't cost that much.

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