My Aleut Paddle

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wainair

My Aleut Paddle

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I enjoy doing a little wood work now and then and after finishing my Aleutian Baidarka a few years ago, I had a 2x4 of western yellow cedar left over. So i thought I'd carve an Aleut paddle to go with my boat! Inspired by Lew Plummers Aleut paddle replica and equipped with a set of line drawings I found online, I started whittling away the parts that weren't paddle! :) I'm a slow typist and they say a picture says a thousand words so here are some pics of the finished paddle.

Here a pic of my baidarka before I skinned it.
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and with skin...
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I finished the paddle with a boiled linseed finish. The black is lacquer which I smoothed out and dulled down with steel wool. There are no rough edges at any of the colour changes.
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The pattern on the paddle is a traditional one. The darts half way up the blade are a guide of how deep to dip your paddle!

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On to part two to get around all the weird board posting rules.... :lol:

wainair

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Just a couple more pics... :roll:

I aged the finish a bit with steel wool so you can see the detail of the carving better...

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The power channel tappers to a single ridge at the tip!

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The forward face of the paddle is smooth with just a slight rocker.

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Heres the detail of the start of the ridge channel at the center loom...

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and finally a closer look of the overall shape of one of the blades

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I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and I'm really looking forward to trying it out this summer! :D

Fristrom
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Post by Fristrom »

Beautiful job,
what is the weight?
Ola at 64° 45′ 0″ N, 20° 57′ 0″
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wainair

Re: My Aleut Paddle

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Thanks, that's a good question. Let me weigh it.... Not bad it's 2lbs.8-1/2 oz. Only 4-1/4oz more than my current designs touring paddle!!

mje
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Re: My Aleut Paddle

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Beautiful craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing!
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kenton

Re: My Aleut Paddle

Post by kenton »

I salute your Aleut!

Splendid work. Looks terrific.

Now I know where to go to get one of my own :wink:

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