In this video I demonstrate the whole process of making a kayak paddle from wood. Starting from cutting the wood through getting out on the water.
Plans for building a similar paddle are available Here.
Making your own wood kayak paddle is a great way to personalize your kayaking adventures. Instead of just another plastic paddle you can have a beautiful piece of functional art that you made yourself.
The wood I'm using is Western Red Cedar for the body of the blade, with a bit of Ash as the reinforcing accent. The shaft is made from Sitka Spruce with a reinforcing spline of Ash.
The blade is reinforced with fiberglass and has a nylon para-cord reinforcement around the edges. This make for a lightweight but very strong paddle
- Western red cedar
- Sitka spruce
- 2-ounce fiberglass
- Nylon Parachute Cord
- Tite-Bond III waterproof PVA Glue