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Re: Greenland stroke and paddle design
In Response To: Re: Greenland stroke (long) ()

Just to update, I have wet sanded the paddle down to 1500 grit, and it no longer chews up my hands. I am wondering if I need to have a special winter paddle for the cold season so my gloves don't slip.

: Hello everyone. I just made my first greenland paddle, and I have happened
: upon something interesting, I think. I noticed some of the traditional
: designs I saw featured square looms, and I began to wonder why. So when I
: made my first attempts (I made two paddles before i succeeded in making
: one I would use), I experimented with the idea. I was willing to do so
: because when i made a relaxed "O" with my hand, the
: "O" was actually more like a rectangle than a circle. Before
: starting my third and finally successful attempt at making a paddle, I
: observed that a well placed catch would result in a semi-diamond shape
: relative to the flat of the blade -still a square, but with the sides
: tilted at an angle to the blade face. Based on my boat (a p&h sirius), I
: made the loom 23" long. This is the length needed to get my hand in
: the water and still clear the fore deck easily so I can paddle more
: aggressively. I don't like depending on the shoulder, and never found that
: to be an effective or comfortable technique for me over long distances.
: The offset square loom, however, means my paddle cants itself
: automatically as long as i have at east one hand on any part of the loom.
: I just keep my grip loose enough to let the flat side of the loom orient
: the blade. With both hands on the loom, this reinforces a very aggressive
: cant angle.

: The result is very encouraging, and I hope to explore the concept further.
: Because of the aggressive cant angle, the paddle is very quiet ant the
: stroke feels very "locked " in the water, much like a wing
: paddle. One drawback is that the paddle is not kind to the hands, and
: tends to chew them up. I will try finishing my paddle to see if that
: helps. The greatest benefit, felt after 10 miles or so, is that unlike the
: shoulder/loom technique of canting, the wrists are not involved in
: creating the angle of tilt. When I need to be more aggressive, the
: downward force of my semi opened top hand on the flat part of the loom
: makes it hold its angle.