bespoke East and West Greenland paddles UK paddle canoe custom
I was commissioned to make a canoe paddle
based on a Grey Owl Haida paddle (currently out of
My client already owns a Grey Owl Haida but it is quite worn and so she asked me to make a replacement with a strong tip.
As I am not a canoeist I gave it to her to test and then reshaped it based on her feedback resulting in a
paddle lightened from 900g to 690g.
I found out recently why this Haida paddle has is
the shape it is: there is a lot of kelp around the Haida
Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, so the
paddle has a pointed tip to penetrate through the kelp to make
paddling easier. A round blade would catch on the top of the kelp
and give the paddler no purchase on the water.
Haida style canoe paddle
Marenti and African Blackwood
1.525m with 150mm blades
60" with 6" blades