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.


Wood types available for the paddle blank.

  • The shaft of the paddles are made from a suitably strong light weight timber.
  • The edge armour timber is White Ash.
  • The most easily worked timber for the blades, and the lightest, is Western Red Cedar.  This is suitable for all Viking blades and for the Huscarl as long as it is not intended for serious moving/ WW.  A more durable blade can be carved from cherry but is a harder to work and therefore slower to make the paddle.


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 neutralise 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.

Booking and Payment.

When a course has been scheduled this is notified on our face book page here.

To book your place go here and make your option choices and pay a booking deposit.  If you wish to discuss anything call John on 07722018457/ email to

Open Canoe/ Canadian paddle making course cost:  £130.00    Once you have booked on to the course full payment can be made at: ‘z Final payment – paddle making course  This can be deferred and made in the week prior to the course.


Please Note.  Deposit payment is required in full and is non refundable – For the course to be viable it requires 5 paid participants.  If you are unable to participate a refund is only possible if:

  1. You provide a replacement participant.
  2. Your decision not to take part is provided a fortnight prior to the course date – allowing time to find a replacement.

If for any reason the course is not able to run all paid up participants will be refunded or the deposit retained for a future course.

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 £25 to cover the work and postage and packaging.  Your choice to have this done can be made during the course so no prior payment is required.