This is a two day course aimed at providing tuition and support in the carving of a wooden paddle.
At the beginning of the course participants are provided with a paddle blank and at the close they take away their finely fashioned paddle. The aim is, of course, to leave with a finished piece but this is dependant on the participants progress over the two days.
Participants have the choice of carving either the Valkyrie Viking touring paddle or the Valkyrie Huscarl general purpose/ power paddle. Both paddle types can be seen here.
Participants have the use of the necessary hand tools to complete the project. The only power tools used are belt/ orbital sanders.
As an optional extra the paddle can be left with John to have the toe of the paddle machined and fitted with an epoxy protective tip. This costs and additional £20 to cover the work and postage and packaging.
Course cost: £120.00 Once you have booked on to a course payment can be made at: paypal.me/ValkyrieCraftCanoes
Wood types available for the paddle blank. Cherry,Iroko, Ash and Cedar have been chosen because have fairly clean grain which makes it easier to work for those not used to working with wood. Iroko and Cherry are hardwoods which I would recommend for the huscarl. Cherry, Iroko or Cedar are okay for the Viking. Cedar is a less strong timber so is unsuitable for the brader Huscarl blade. Both blade types have an ash edge armour to provide contrast. The shafts are either Iroko or cherry depending on the best timber in stock at the time of the curse.
For advice on selecting your optimum paddle length. go here.
To illustrate the need to consider the optimum length depending on your paddle type . . . the shaft lengths for my own viking and huscarl paddles are 90cm. The long blade of the viking means the paddles overall length is 164cm. The shorter Huscarl head makes its overall length 150cm. If my own Viking was 150cm long I’d be working with a very short shaft of 75 cm which would neutralize the benefit of the long blade. Your paddle length should vary with the blade length/type. Hope this makes sense.
If you are unsure of the optimum length the paddle shaft can be cut over long and the handle/grip fitted at the end of the first day.