Building a Greenland Paddle

taught by Brian Schulz
$12.00
Greenland Paddle Plans

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 carbon fiber spoon bladed paddle, and do so with a far 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 far 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!

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Instructor

Brian Schulz
Brian Schulz

Hi, I'm Brian Schulz, owner and instructor for Cape Falcon Kayak. I've been teaching skin-on-frame boatbuilding for the last 15 years. I'm passionate about skin boat design and and helping people learn this amazingly easy and fun boat building system. My other passions include sustainable agriculture, natural building, and off-grid living. Enjoy the classes, and email me if you have any questions.

Reviews (16)

Greenland Paddles

by Mike Smith
Very nice instructions, focusing on the import issues.

Greenland paddle

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.

Great course

by Michael Ferrel
very well done
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Greenland Paddles

by Mike Smith
Very nice instructions, focusing on the import issues.

Greenland paddle

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.

Great course

by Michael Ferrel
very well done

Excellent course!

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 Shanon Barber

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.

Nice!

by Luca Paci
Clear footage, a lot of talking for non English properly speaking!

by Giorgio Chiozzi

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 Antti Oittinen

Greenland Paddle

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
Hi Brian 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! Chuck

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!

by jorge jaramillo