I downloaded an article on Greenland paddles by Chuck Holst from the Web. I built a paddle using the guidelines, which for the most part are based upon your own personal dimensions. I'm not sure if this is strictly necessary or historically accurate, but it was a unique thing to do. The idea of measuring yourself and applying these measurements to a paddle, for me, made the paddle mine, and what more motivation for getting it right can you ask for ? Ross Leidy has not only got the same article on his site, he has cross-referenced it with his own experience of building such a paddle and so is extremely useful.
I made it completely from cedar and the main
|Overall length -- 7'|
|Loom length -- 18"|
|Blade tip diameter -- 3 1/4"|
|Loom cross section -- 1 7/8" X 1 1/8"|
|Weight -- 2 Lbs|
I used Colron Danish Oil, which is resin and tung-oil based, and applied four coats. I did not apply varnish, epoxy, cloth etc. The finish is nice to the touch and the paddle is light. I am slightly worried that it may be a bit too light but then I am planning on making more paddles of various sizes so I'll always have a apare ! I used Cascamite, a water-proof glue for the paddle.
I made a second paddle, using a central
strip of mahogany and increasing the length
to 90". This weighs 3 lbs. I prefer
to use this one, but it is more tiring because
of its length and weight.