A sample of what you'll find inside Greenland Paddles Step-by-Step.
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Tools and Supplies
Chapter One tells you what you need, whether you're a beginner looking to get into paddle making at minimal cost, a traditionalist looking for a hand-tools-only approach or a hard-core tool junkie with lots of "toys".
Finding the right wood can literally make or break a paddle (pun intended). Chapter Two goes into the subject in-depth.
One of the beauties of Greenland paddles is that they're individually sized to fit their owners. Chapter Three shows you how to determine the best starting point for your paddles.
While the shape of a Greenland paddle is simple, there are some handy tricks to laying one out. They're covered in Chapter Four.
Chapter Five shows you how to take a flat, square board and turn it into something that resembles a paddle.
In Chapter Six, you'll learn how to create the subtle shapes that make a Greenland paddle feel natural in the hand and smooth in the water.
I know, everybody hates sanding, but it's the step where a real transformation from board to paddle takes place. Chapter Eight shows you how to make it simple and painless.
While you don't necessarily need to finish a paddle, doing so will toughen the wood and preserve it's beauty. Chapter nine covers the various options for finishing, including epoxy-coating the tips of the blades.