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    The Greenland Paddle

    The Greenland paddle is characterised by its ability to be gripped comfortably anywhere in its length without changing the grip. Thus it is possible to apply a wide range of paddling, bracing and rolling techniques, using the full length of the paddle when necessary; retaining at all times a secure grip. The paddles I build now have evolved out of eleven years research, building, use and experimentation.

    For many years, having tried different shapes and sections I considered that reproduction of the most common Inuit shape worked best. Over the last couple of years, though I have been building sticks with thinner tips that give a better catch for a more efficient stroke. Laminated paddles proved stronger and less likely to warp. Western Red Cedar outside of a tough Douglas fir core seems to give the best combination of strength and lightness. I still provide the option of oak tips (shown below) to protect the ends of the paddle and enhance its appearance; but this is less durable than glass epoxy reinforced tips under UV resistant polyurethane which I now fit as standard. For shaping, very sharp hand tools and a simple sanding block work best for me, giving more control of the shaping process.

    After much experimentation I found Deks Oljie® best in sealing cedar and retaining a natural grippable finish. It is applied by keeping the paddle wet with the oil for a whole day until it cannot absorb any more, and then left three days to cure properly. Thus the the paddle should not roughen or slip when you use it.

    The paddles are custom made because I like to be flexible to the needs and preferences of the individual paddler. Height, build, experience, type of kayak and the customer's own preference in paddle length are all taken into consideration in determining the paddle dimensions.

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  • Built to Order

    To order or simply discuss your requirements, contact Chris Pease by e-mail or call
    01209 217114 mobile 07964 943193

    or download and fill out the sizing form:
    Greenland Paddle Sizing form Paddlesizingdetailslocked.doc

    and attach by e-mail to: info@cornwallcustomkayaks

  • Classic paddle with Oak edging & tips 300, Standard stick with Epoxy Glass reinforced tips 230 (no VAT) + delivery extra (35)

    glassing the epoxy reinforced paddle tip
    Laminating double 6oz glass with epoxy over the reinforced tip of a Standard Paddle - Cedar with a Douglas Fir stringer.
    Once set and trimmed the filler coat will be added, followed by sanding and varnishing.

    Short Greenland Paddles (also known as Storm Paddles)

        Carry one under your deck lines
  • A standard paddle but with a narrow loom; it is around 20cm shorter
  • Thus it will fit onto either deck as a spare
  • No Assembly; Instantly available: out-performs a split paddle in an emergency
  • Paddling is by means of sliding technique easily learned
  • Slid through the hands so that the seaward hand always grips the short loom
  • Readily available for rolling should the other paddle be lost on capsize
  • Although sliding action gives a slower stroke rate, the new design is nearly as fast as a longer paddle
  • Very effective in high winds - there is less area in the air
  • Durable glass epoxied tips - white or translucent finish
  • New Design: More Area, Better Catch. These paddles have a subtle second shoulder:

    230 (no VAT) + delivery extra (35)

    the Short Greenland Paddle
    The Short Greenland Paddle with Epoxy Reinforced Tips

    To order or simply discuss your requirements, contact Chris Pease by e-mail or call
    01209 217114 mobile 07964 943193

    or download and fill out the sizing form:
    Greenland Paddle Sizing form Paddlesizingdetailslocked.doc

    and attach by e-mail to:

    Choosing a paddle

    The Greenlanders determined length from anthropological features and intended use. One arm span plus wrist to elbow is a good length for recreational use.

    Otherwise try going one to two centimetres longer than your conventional sea going paddle or a length over which you can comfortably rest the top of your palm when standing.

    The width of the blade is that which can be comfortably gripped with the base of forefinger and thumb pulled apart from each other.

    The length of the loom is the width of the shoulders or the measurement between the hands when hanging down unfettered. This is quite narrow, but not as much as first apparent as only the thumb and forefinger grip the loom (loosely), with the rest of the fingers and palm over the shoulder at the inside end of the blade.

    The thickness of the loom is determined by the space inside the thumb and forefinger.

    The paddle is gripped with forefinger and thumb on the loom and the palm and remaining fingers on the shoulder at the end of the blade.


    Paddles can be made as light as required through careful selection of materials.

    Personal experience is that weight is not of major importance; but most people prefer a light paddle so that is how I build them, the weight of an average sized paddle being about 1kg, or slightly lighter.

    I settled on Western Red Cedar laminated on top of a Douglas fir core as it seems to give the best strength weight ratio and looks good - the colours complement each other. This is further enhanced by the Oak edging at the ends of the paddle. 


    In the West, Greenland paddles are often traditionally oiled, and then sanded down with fine wet & dry paper or steel wool and boiled linseed oil, then wetted and the raised grain cut down through repetition of the process until unaffected by water. This was how I did it until I started to incorporate more Cedar to keep the weight down and it became clear to me that a more effective way of sealing the Cedar was necessary. Deks Oljie® is designed to seal the decks and hulls of sea going boats with a natural finish that retains the innate surface of the wood. It works well on my paddles, bringing out the colours of the wood in a matt grippable finish.

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