I love Greenland paddles. They are kind to the hands and shoulders. You can move your hands and extend the paddle for powerful sweep strokes. You can practise the 35 braces, sculls and rolls in the Greenland rolling competition. I use them for long touring trips, When you master the forward stroke with a Greenland paddle, it raises kayaking to a new level of grace and efficiency.
Inuit kayakers from Siberia to Greenland tested and perfected the design of these paddles over a period of about 6000 years.
The Inuit in the Mackenzie delta call a Greenland paddles a pautik (pow-tic). It translates literally to 'double' which refers to the double blades. Some people call them sticks.
CARVE YOUR OWN = $75 + shipping
Many paddlers want the satisfaction of making their own paddle but don't have a band saw and planes and access to top quality wood and the time to experiment.
I can sell you a paddle blank cut to your requirements and planed to the final rough dimensions. You need a good top quality low angle block plane, a sharp knife and 3 sheets of sandpaper to finish the carving. Finish with 3-4 coats of tung oil.
- The width of the end of the blade is a trade off.
I use a storm paddle as my spare paddle. It fits well on my front deck where I can reach it even if I am upside down under water. You cannot imagine how effective and comfortable the sliding stroke is until you spend a few hours using it. Watch Kevin Floyd in action with his storm pautik:
BRITISH CANOE PADDLES?
ROLLING INSTRUCTION WITH CHERI AND TURNER