Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own



This book combines practical woodworking technique with practical canoe use experience… It] covers every single aspect of canoe paddle building.
— Sawdust and Shavings

Despite the growing interest in making paddles and canoes, it can be difficult to find reliable information on that craft — except for this book. First published more than a decade ago and having sold 35,000 copies, Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own is the ultimate modern guide to the traditional craft for both the how-to beginner and the skilled woodworker.

In Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own, longtime canoeist and woodworker Graham Warren provides detailed information and guidance to make a canoe paddle that will be used with confidence and cherished for generations.

The book is thoroughly illustrated with photographs, line drawings and plans with measurements for:

  • How to make a paddle having a single blade, a bent shaft, or double blades
  • How to protect a paddle with oil or varnish
  • What to look for when test-driving a paddle
  • How to decorate a paddle
  • How to care for and repair a paddle.

The authors include an appreciation of the evolution of the paddle plus a special chapter by renowned canoe-buuilding teacher David Gidmark which celebrates paddle-making in the native tradition.

ISBN: 9781552095256
Publisher: Firefly Books
Pub Date: 03/2001
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.04lbs
Size: 11.01h x 8.53w x 0.42d

Additional information

Weight 1.04 lbs
Dimensions 11.01 × 8.53 × 0.42 in