Friday, July 5, 2013

Carving Greenland paddles.....again

There is something very satisfying in making  something with your own hands, and then going out and using it..Especially these days when everything is so easy to buy.
I must admit, it takes a good few hours to make a padle from start to finish and a lot of energy is used too

It all starts with a block of wood, about 10cm x5cm and about 220cm long

And it ends like this, proud new owners just waiting to get out on the water

For first timers there are moments of disbelief

but as the paddle emerges from the wood  so does hope and a bit of optimism......maybe it will work

power tools for finishing and shaping at the end make it go a bit faster
and the finished produce weighs in at only 663gm

Idit prefers to do the finishing samding by hand, masks are a must to prevent inhaling the dust

And then the proof of the pudding is in the eating, what happens when you get out on the water

Its a proud moment when you paddle away into the sunset with your own new paddle

looking good

It takes some time to get used to the new stick after using an europaddle , but if you persevere it gets easier and better all the time

For new paddlers, out for the first time with a GP this becomes the standard and then theres no looking back
Maybe now we will see more Israeli paddlers with Greenland paddles on our waters

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