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Building a Straight Shaft Laminated Wood Canoe Paddle

The concepts are the same - using epoxy to join shaft pieces together and then blade pieces to the center shaft piece. A handle goes on the top end. Four ounce, plain weave fiberglass and epoxy are applied to both sides of the blade. This layer provides a waterproof surface layer and a great increase in strength. A tip (rock) guard on the blade bottom seals the end grain of the blade pieces and provides protection to the bottom of the blade.

Differences between bent and straight shaft include:

Will soon get some pics of straight shaft paddles here....