We need some woodworking talk on here badly! So I decided I would just show another little project I have going on. I have a couple of people wanting Greenland style paddles. They are both avid paddlers and will be good advertising so I cut them a deal they couldn't refuse. Of course I made them promise if they were happy to tell everyone who made them.
So I started with a couple of 2x4s of Western Red Cedar. I had to do a lot of staring at them to decide how to cut around the knots and still get a paddle out of them. Finally decided a lamination was in order since clear WRC is unheard of around here! I could minimize the joints that way.
I chose a piece of poplar and a piece of pine mainly because that is what I had. Not great boat building wood but if they keep the paddles varnished it won't matter. Plus it's such a small piece they won't add much weight to the paddle.
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Here is where they are at this point. I will run them through the planer once the glue dries and start drawing out the paddle on the blanks and hope there are not hidden defects when I start sawing them.