new paddle

nother new paddle, almost done. It looks simple enough, but actually it’s not quite so. The paddle shaft is a composite of rattan and wood and is scaffed to an oval shape in cross-section (2.8 x 3.6 cm), which fits my hands perfectly. Rattan is very light and immensely flexible, but it tends to not keeping straight under constant load.

I came up with a solution by “sandwiching” the rattan rod between 2 thin layers of wood (3mm) and some epoxy fillet. Paddle’s blades are plywood (7mm thick) and size is about 540 cm^2. Length is 1.9m, I’ve never found it comfortable with paddles above 2m long, due to my quite narrow shoulder. Final weight is controlled at exactly 1kg! 😀

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