Kayak Eskimo Style Paddles
Kayaks use double bladed paddles. the typical paddle today is "Euro" style.
There are more traditional style paddles. Since I'm a wood worker, I am making a Greenlandic Inuit style & an Alaskan Aleut style, in wood, to match the wood kayaks.
two of the paddles are from Rob Mack's instruction book for paddles, skeg, & seat, www.laughingloon.com
The looms or shafts of these eskimo paddles are elliptical (Greenland) or egg shaped (Aleut), these orientate the paddle in your hand
this page is from the above book by Rob Macks
A purchased Greenland Paddle on the right.
looms are laminations of Western Red Cedar, Cherry, Gluing up the loom (shaft) blanks with thickened epoxy
Ash, & White Cedar
on the right side, gluing one side of the paddle blades. Finished Narsaq on left, the Aleut & Greenland paddle
on the left, gluing the other side of paddle blanks in middle,
far right is the storm/emerg. paddle blank
Aleut paddle blank Aleut paddle blank cleaned up
Tracing the Paddle template paddle outline cut out, starting to plane the blade
hand planning the blade shape, lots of shavings. more images to come...........
The Narsaq, now used for kayak rolling technique, used
by inuit hunters as a spear throwing device & a club. Another view of the Narsaq, & a prototype
of an apple wood shaving mug.
Storm / Emergency Paddle almost finished. Storm paddle on aft deck of Kayak #1, Rt. foredeck has the Narsaq,
Kayak #2 "Georgian Bay" under construction. left foredeck has the Greenland paddle. This is the Kayak kit from
Kayak #1 in background pygmyboats.com "penguin 145" completed Spring, 2013
The Greenland & the Aleut Paddles have not been completed. so more images to come.