Friday, April 29, 2011
First of all take one of your handmade paddles, get hold of one of Joe`s carbon ferrules, cut the paddle and shape the end to fit inside the ferrule. It helps a lot if you have a friend like Meir with a machine shop who can help with a lathe, otherwise you have to carve it by hand.
All thats left to do is glue the pieces together with epoxy and strengthen toh joint with some carbon and epoxy
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sometimes equipment breaks, and usually at the most innapropriate moment.
This then becomes a moment of innovation.What usually goes through the mind is .....shit what do I do now......, sometimes we succeed, sometimes not.
Monday, April 18, 2011
|Avigail in the Fenn Xt|
Zviki and Israel were with me in the Nelos, a much more advanced boat. We went out west for a few km planning to come back with the wind and the waves.
On the horizon I saw something large jump out of the water, shouted with excitement and then they did it again, There were 2 dolphins playing in the water in front of us, albeit quite a way in the distance.
We have a saying here that if theres no photographic proof then it didn`t happen, but Zviki was with me and saw them too, so thats official then.
Later on I got an invitation to go out on a moonlight paddle. Now thats an offer I cant refuse, so at sunset there I was again getting ready to go out on flat water illuminated first by the setting sun and later by the full moon. what a great day
|Setting out at sunset|
|Moon rising over Cesearea|
|Full moon over Jasser|
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
|My workbench at the beginning of the day, there are some old paddles showing lots of wear and tear that need a bit of elbow grease to get them in shape again, and some Cedar blanks for the new paddles|
|What we need is another set of hands, that would make life easier. On the other hand yuou can use clamps as well.|
|At the end of the day Avital oils her new paddle|
|Josh and Danny cant believe this moment,|
|This is my front yard, I love the colour|
|Josh got out on the water as soon as possible to try out his new paddle and he took the Tiderace kayak out for a trial too. He was happy with both.|
|On Saturday I met Ben out kayaking with his dad Zviki, Ben had a great Greenland paddle, just the right size for him and showed considerable skill in using it too.|
There are so many variations in paddle styles that almost whatever you make will be usefull and you can always modify it as you paddle and get to know what you need.
Maybe the loom is too large, or the blades are too wide to hold comfortably when rolling.
No problem,a couple of minutes with a plane, some sandpaper and your paddle is now modified and ready to go again.
It takes time to get used to paddling with the Greenland paddle , but those that persevere are rewarded with new skills and a very versatile paddle.
Try it, you may just like it.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
|Oh no, its just a kayak|
|Early this morning at the rock|
|friends on the water|
|Hadas was in the new Nelo|
|Zviki was out there too|
|As was Zohar|
Saturday, April 2, 2011
|Actually it gets better pretty quickly. After a few capsizes most people learn to balance on the new Nelo pretty quickly|
|The whole style of paddling is different, rudder for direction control, have to overcome those edging instincts|
|This morning was a foggy windy beginning|
|the chimneys looked surreal in the morning mist|
|and the light was teriffic|
|We played in the wind and the waves|
|and improved our bracing|
|and then Hadas got on the Nelo|