A special 2016 paddle
"just because..." seems to be the reason I wanted to make this new paddle. After that, I came up with a couple of ideas that I went on working with.
This paddle is special mainly in the way it looks. It's the "classic" Greenland paddle that I've been doing for 20 years now. But I added a few thin strips of dark aspen.
Oh...and I took off a few mm. width on the shoulder and added a few on the tip, making the blade slightly wider and the shoulder slightly slimmer... much like the very first paddles I did more than 20 years ago.
I wanted these to be available both as spare/storm paddles and full-scale paddles. so they come in 180, 190, 200, 210, 215, 220, 225 and 230 cm. length.
The wood is very tough and durable in itself. In addition it has been treated with two layers of our own wax reinforced linseed oil mixture.
The tips, most likely to be worn, are first reinforced mecanically with an inlay of hardwood. The tip is then treated with clear penetrating epoxy and two layers of pigmented epoxy. The pigment acts as protection from UV light.
The finished result is a paddle that will last for years of rough use without noticable signs of wear.