bespoke East and West Greenland paddles UK paddle canoe custom
2.2m with 90mm blades
With much tighter grain, Douglas fir is much harder and therefore heavier than Western red cedar. It is an absolute delight to carve and shape, the final colour is much lighter than Western red cedar and is much more resilient against knocks and scratches.
Western red cedar
and Douglas fir
2.15m with 90mm blades
After testing a Western red cedar paddle, the customer wanted his paddle to feel less flexible so I laminated a 14mm strip of Douglas fir along the entire length between 2 pieces of Western red cedar.
Also, the customer requested steeper shorter shoulders which I made 25mm (1") instead of 40mm (1 1/2").