by Chris Terrell
Thank you for an excellent series of video tutorials, I'm going to buy the plans shortly. I've started by making a small practice paddle from a scrap of pine (ex-scaffolding plank!) in order to get experience of the shaping first. I'm using hand tools for all except the major initial cuts, for which I'll use the bandsaw at the school I work at. I don't have a power planer and actually prefer basic hand tools as, although it takes longer, I have the time to correct errors early; anyway, I find the shaping a very pleasant thing to do and it somehow adds to the special nature of the paddle. Your explanations are simple, practical and clear and the extra tips you give are really useful shared experience. Living in the UK (Scotland) , I'll have to find what kind of oils and waxes are available here for finishing the paddle(s) , Tung oil is fairly easy to get but could you say a little more about the kind of suitable waxes please as it would help with finding alternatives to the one you use.
I am also watching your other videos about using a greenland paddle and am working out how much it will cost me overall if i decide to build one of your kayak designs. A big feature of your products is that you are designing and using them yourself and putting your own experience into developing and refining them, along with very honest evaluations of them. To me this is a high value part of your online product that sets it apart from other, superficially cheaper, options. Thank you and I am recommending your site to others who express curiosity (and a little bemusement!) when I say I'm making my own paddle. Five Stars... in case the buttons don't work!
greenland paddle thumbs up!
by 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 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.
by Steve Prather
I thought this was an awesome video on building a Greenland Paddle. I plan to try making one this week. Glad to see the use of both power or hand tools.
Good Greenland Paddle making.
by Paul Chevrier
Very good video on how to make a Greenland paddle. Video is very informative with easy to follow instructions.
by jim roth
Experienced wood worker with all the tools already. Simple and quick wood working project. Thanks
by John Whitehouse
I really enjoyed watching your description of making a greenland paddle. Having built a paddle in the past I will be comparing my technique with what you have taught me, and plan to make another soon.
Excellent introduction for first time builder.
by Wayne Gooch
This is an excellent in depth tutorial, along with the plans ,I look forward to reviewing the step by step video instructions, as I make my first Greenland Paddle.
by roman Hayda
excellent clear instruction
Excellent thorough course.
by Diego Galizzi
I loved this course, it deals with the entire paddle construction.
The toolset used it's simple and easy to assemble.
All in all, a great resource.
I'll be supporting this by buying the plans for sure.
Nicely done presentation of Paddle Build
by David Priemer
This is a must see video for anyone wanting to get into their own build.
by Gary Guinn
It was a pleasure to watch this video series. I would not imagine buying a paddle when I can create this “work of art”.
Even an old gal can do it!
by Joyce Bimson
My husband and I just began kayaking this last year, We discovered Greenland paddles but could not find anyone nearby who made and sold them We finally found a paddle builder who could make paddles for us for a pretty good price, Then we found Cape Falcon, We wondered if we could make our own paddles but it remained only a question. I finally decided to give it a try. My husbands 74th birthday is next week. With the help of a friend with a wood workshop , I secretly built my husband his 90 inch paddle. My friend did all the machine cutting but I did all the planning and sanding by hand. I admit it took me a lot longer than 4 hours. I watched the videos repeatedly and reread the paddle plans many times. I am about to do my final oil coat then wax. It has been very satisfying to see the paddle take shape. I know it is a beginner built paddle but I think he will like it. I had enough wood to make a smaller paddle for myself. I used my paddle to test a technique. Once I figured out what I really should do, I did it on my husbands paddle. After I give my surprise paddle, I will finish mine. My paddle will be a little wonky because I was learning on my paddle but I don’t care too much. I learned a lot and had a blast. I will also have a new paddle next month for my 67 birthday! Thank you Brian!
Cheers mate glean in New Zealand
by glen Benson
Thank you very much for that
I've really enjoyed it and I'm enjoying making a Greenland battle can't wait to get out in my canoe with it
by Mike Smith
Very nice instructions, focusing on the import issues.
by Michael Hiltmann
Very good and interesting, pleasant to view the corse. Also your site is very perfect, I bought the plans and I' m curious to build the paddle.
by Michael Ferrel
very well done
by Kent M Jensen
Although I have a lot of woodworking experience this was a great series of lessons on building a Greenland Paddle. Everything is there to lead you to a good finished paddle. I especially like the step-by-step lessons so that I can work through the process one piece at a time and easily re-view a lesson if needed.
Very Well Done
by William Rupp
This course is one of the best I've seen. Concise, easy to follow, and entertaining ! Well worth the time spent watching.
by Richard Smiley
I'd expected a lot more work and a lot more skill requirements that this requires. Fortunately I didn't go and buy a concave spokeshave or some such item, although I'll invest in the best block plane blade I can get.
My only criticism (and not having received the plans, I can't say whether it is justified or not) is that names appear and before I write them down they are gone and I can't seem to go back and get them after the clip ends.
As someone who also uses a bow (archery) I am wondering if you've tried with laminated cores - that'd give you way more strength and as little or as much flexibility as you wanted... but of course you'd want to seal it, and yes, I caught the comment about a hard finish creating blisters. These are paddles that wear out.
by Luca Paci
Clear footage, a lot of talking for non English properly speaking!
What a great video...
by Andrew R Wilds
Great video, excellent pace and detail. Informative and entertaining...I will be back for the plans on payday!
by William McCaffrey
Brian, I thought you did a great job with breaking down each step and making the whole process repeatable to relatively inexperienced persons. You touched on all of the critical dos and don'ts
Just a suggestion for the future: I think it always helps beginners if the tool set is as small as possible and the need for power tools is eliminated where possible. This paddle could be built entirely with a small set of hand tools in not much more time than with power tools: good saw preferably a Japanese Dozuki saw, 1" to 1"1/2" chisel, block plane, a card scraper, and a couple of pieces of straight hardwood to use as a saw guide. A little more elbow grease is required, but that is half the fun of it IMHO.
by Hans-Gunnar Samuelsson
First Rate Greenland Paddle Course
by Chuck Granger
Just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with your Greenland Paddle build videos. You made the process incredibly clear, and I'm well along on my paddle build. I did purchase the document, mostly to support your video work, but your videos stand on their own.
Thanks for a great resource!
Excellent demonstration of proper tool use.
by 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 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!