If your looking for a guide on how to make a paddle i would suggest buying one of these two books:
|Octagon shaft before rounding|
I was lucky enough to have a brother who was a carpenter so he had some tool lying around that he didn't mind me using. I only ended up having to buy an extra clamp, a spokeshave, rasp, polyurethane satin finish and a bit of sand paper.
Tool in my arsenal at the time were:
- Hand plane
- Block plane
- Two speed clamps
- Various types of sand paper
- Course rasp
I used the spokeshave to create an octagon for the shaft, I used a rasp to shape the grip into what i call the football grip and the plane to shape the blade down.
Its important to know the density and strength of the wood so, you can understand how thin you can make it. I kept it a bit thick due to it being basswood .
|Blade thickness. Wish i had made it thinner|
Now to creating the art and the finish, since seeing a moose in the wild i have always had a respect and love for them. So i thought what better then moose track across the paddle. came up with the idea when playing with a crayon on a Jack Asstores on their table.
Many people use wood burning kits but because i do not have one, I used a bit of paint and then finished the paddle off with some polyurethane satin finish. Be sure to use pre stain its worth the extra 5 bucks to have a nice finish.