Course description

Traditional Greenland kayak paddles are enjoying a resurgence of popularity and with good reason: these deceptively simple wooden paddles can match the light weight and propulsion efficiency of a european style paddle, but with a more natural stroke that is safer and easier on the shoulders. The blade and grip ergonomics of a properly fitted Greenland paddle decrease hand fatigue and help protect against repetitive stress injuries. The long narrow blade grabs the water like an airplane wing and the foil section is more ‘stall resistant’ than a standard flat paddle. This translates into much easier rolls and sculling strokes.

Paddling aside, a Greenland paddle is just darn useful for everything else you do in a kayak. It tucks nicely under front deck lines for an immediately available one piece spare. Tucking it under the forward lines on peaked decks projects the paddle down into the water resulting in a hands free stabilizer so you can eat lunch on the water or launch more safely off a dock. Finally, Greenland paddles are inexpensive, fast, and fun to build. Try it yourself! Most of us who have switched to Greenland paddles have never gone back!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to build a Greenland Paddle

    • Introduction

    • Sizing your paddle

    • Paddle building tools

    • Selecting wood

    • Marking and cutting out the paddle shape

    • Cutting out the shoulders and marking the tapers

    • Rough shaping the blade

    • Block planing the blade shape

    • Rounding the tips

    • Rounding the shoulders

    • Rounding the loom

    • Fine planing the blade shape

    • Reducing weight and checking for flex

    • Dressing the edges and tips

    • Sanding the paddle

    • NEW Finishing the paddle

5 star rating

Video makes it actually seem doable!

Carol Bracewell

Thanks for the great video. It's a good balance of "be careful" but "don't sweat it". Fine woodworking can be really intimidating but the video makes the pro...

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Thanks for the great video. It's a good balance of "be careful" but "don't sweat it". Fine woodworking can be really intimidating but the video makes the process seem achieveable by amateurs with some basic power tool and wood experience.

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Well thought out

Roger Durham

The class is clearly the product of considerable thought and experience, in teaching as well as building. Well presented, clear, and well thought out (at lea...

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The class is clearly the product of considerable thought and experience, in teaching as well as building. Well presented, clear, and well thought out (at least as far as I can tell so far -- the proof is in the making).

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Excellent quality of information and tips

Rich McGoniagle

Brian really has a teaching gift. He knows his subject and explains everything in such a simple and clear way that makes it so easy to learn. And his craftsm...

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Brian really has a teaching gift. He knows his subject and explains everything in such a simple and clear way that makes it so easy to learn. And his craftsmanship is top notch. I can’t wait to get started on my paddle. Thanks, Brian!

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Excellent demonstration of proper tool use.

Jim Jeffries

I greatly enjoyed the explanation of the steps involved in shaping the Greenland Paddle, but the discussion of tool safety and demonstration of proper use ma...

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I greatly enjoyed the explanation of the steps involved in shaping the Greenland Paddle, but the discussion of tool safety and demonstration of proper use makes this an excellent presentation. Though I've been using planes, spoke shaves and draw knives throughout my life, I picked up a couple of tips during the course. Now, I'm off to find some suitable wood to make my own paddle!

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Very Well Done

William Rupp

This course is one of the best I've seen. Concise, easy to follow, and entertaining ! Well worth the time spent watching.

This course is one of the best I've seen. Concise, easy to follow, and entertaining ! Well worth the time spent watching.

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Excellent content and delivery!

Joshua Layne

Brian takes a nice step-wide approach through the paddle build, is great about stressing what needs attention and pointing out what shouldn't be stressed over.

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Brian takes a nice step-wide approach through the paddle build, is great about stressing what needs attention and pointing out what shouldn't be stressed over.

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Fantastic!

adam Alesbrook

I’ve built a few Greenland paddles from more simplistic tutorials in the past and they were just OK. This series has allowed me to identify what my old paddl...

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I’ve built a few Greenland paddles from more simplistic tutorials in the past and they were just OK. This series has allowed me to identify what my old paddles were lacking and some keys points I should focus on for future builds! Very well done!

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Greenland Paddle Building

Joseph Sadowski

Excellent introduction to paddle design, sizing, tools, and techniques. Brian is a superb instructor, even providing caveats to the novice builder.

Excellent introduction to paddle design, sizing, tools, and techniques. Brian is a superb instructor, even providing caveats to the novice builder.

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Great clarity to a fast paddle build

guy washburn

This is a really nice approach to building a greenland paddle. A great balance between power tools and hand tools. Highly recommended.

This is a really nice approach to building a greenland paddle. A great balance between power tools and hand tools. Highly recommended.

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Detailed but concise

Dewey Fuller

Excellent instructive video. A lot of information packed into less than an hour and divided into segments that make it easy to refer back to.

Excellent instructive video. A lot of information packed into less than an hour and divided into segments that make it easy to refer back to.

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greenland paddle thumbs up!

Terrence Thompson

A great instructional walk-through on making the greenland paddle. How to do it, with cautionary points for inexperienced woodworkers, including tool tips ma...

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A great instructional walk-through on making the greenland paddle. How to do it, with cautionary points for inexperienced woodworkers, including tool tips make this video a must for the novice greenland paddle maker. All you need is some hands-on experience, which I am heading out to now. Thank you! Keep up the good work.

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Excellent Explanation

nic dieterle

Loved the course... used a decent Spruce 2x4 and what was only meant to be a prototype/learning shaper is now a workable paddle. I’m impressed and can’t wait...

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Loved the course... used a decent Spruce 2x4 and what was only meant to be a prototype/learning shaper is now a workable paddle. I’m impressed and can’t wait to get it on the water to see how it does before committing to some nice clear grained cedar.

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Great and thorough. Well-produced.

Josh Jones

Hard to argue with a very well produced video that is free. Explanations were clear and easy to follow. I am not a huge greenland paddle guy, but the idea ...

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Hard to argue with a very well produced video that is free. Explanations were clear and easy to follow. I am not a huge greenland paddle guy, but the idea that I could make a quality paddle in such a short period of time makes me want to make one just for fun. Thanks for making such a great video available for nothing. I'll happily spend some money for plans.

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This is a worthwhile hands-on project for any kayaker.

Tim Yanasak

At times it is the "simple" projects that teach the craftsperson so very much. And I believe this is the case with the building of the Greenland Paddle as pr...

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At times it is the "simple" projects that teach the craftsperson so very much. And I believe this is the case with the building of the Greenland Paddle as presented by Brian Schulz. The student is guided through sequential steps, using a number of basic hand and power tools, to successfully create a fully functional, light weight, and elegant Greenland style kayak paddle. A crafty craftsperson could figure out a way to build a functional paddle just with careful watching of this video class... but really, why! I payed the $12 and downloaded the Greenland Paddle Plans. It's six pages with bits of info that augment the video class. Twelve dollars, like I bought Mr. Schulz a sandwich. I hope that someone else buys these plans so that he can enjoy a beer or two with that sandwich.

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