Have you tried Greenland paddling? Last year, after watching a new paddling friend paddle right by me with his hand-made skinny stick I was intrigued. How could that thin piece of wood propel a kayak through the water?
I didn’t get to try the Greenland paddle that day. After I got off the water I was very curious. When I got home I was excited to do some research on Greenland paddles. After a lot of exploration I found a lot of great information and decided to carve my own Greenland paddle.
I followed the on line guide, Making a West Greenland Paddle by Chuck Holst. Chuck’s guide is extremely helpful and detailed.
Next I discovered this video on carving the Greenland paddle by Matt Johnson. Matt’s video walked me through each step.
I found a nice cedar 2 X 6 at Home Depot and got to work. Creating my first Greenland paddle was a lot of fun. I took my time, double checking each step and learning as I went. I had never tried one of these Greenland paddles so before I finished it I took it out for a short test paddle. It was different and within minutes of paddling on our small lake in town I was hooked. I’ve turned into a Greenland paddler. Paddling with a beautiful piece of wood that I made myself is a real joy.