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More information - Introduction - New version, using strips

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The paddle is another example of improvisation. I couldn't find construction techniques at the time, only a few commercial data. Finally I took the mean of what I found and designed this. The area is about 670 cm2.

The offset angle, grounds for lots of discussions, was chosen to be 60 degrees, right hand control.

The paddle shaft was constructed using 3 layers of pinewood (bed spri material!). The center layer is drilled to reduce the weight.

Again, this time showing the new paddle. The layers are virtually invisible here.

The back side. All improvisation, but I'm satisfied with the results.

Closeup of the shaft/blade joint.

Another detail of the union, back side.

Sideview, showing the final form of the paddle shaft.

Both paddles compared. The front one is the first version.

Again both paddles. They're laying on my actual project: build a wall in the back of the garden.

Texture of the glass fiber. The black dot left is the hole from stitching the paddle.

Texture of both paddles compared. Though similar, the top (newer) one is showing some wear...

A better view of the stitching holes.

Here, the slight 'bending' of the paddle is visible.

Continues with the new version, using strips.


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