Design article: Why are canoe paddles the shape they are?

A version of this article first appeared in Wooden Canoe © Graham Warren 2017

Canoe Paddles

When laminating paddles, you don't have to settle for the rather mundane setup of simple side-by-side strips.

Your imagination is the limit .....

Some more interesting ways of laminating paddles

A wealth of design inspiration is available

Paddlemaking is not new: 9000 years ago, the originator of this paddle design (the original was found at an archaeological site in Denmark) clearly knew a great deal about paddle design and aesthetics

Laminated paddles

One-piece paddles