Greenland Paddle

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Hand crafted wooden Greenland Paddle.  Constructed using a series of laminates in hardwood and Western Red Cedar to provide a combination of strength and low weight to produce a beautiful and functional paddle.

Custom made for you.  Made to order – Approximately 21 days

For assistance on deciding on the correct measurements please visit the guidance here.  If you would like clarification please call.

This is classified as a large item by Royal Mail and couriers – Postage is £22.  Please select Large/Long item: £22.00 at the checkout.  Please note postage is done at cost price.  If we could find a cheaper option we would.

  • The main body of the blade is Western Red Cedar which is lighter but less strong.  WRC varies significantly in colour from very light to deep red, both from plank to plank and within each plank.
  • The darker hardwood edge armour are generally made from Walnut or mahogany.
  • The lighter hardwood edge armour are generally made from Ash
  • In all case the timber is chosen from our available stock to have an appealing appearance.
  • The blade length is determined by subtracting the loom length from the over-all length and dividing by two. . . . the longer the loom the less blade you have to work with!

We are no longer making the ‘Western Wide’ version of this paddle.  Making a paddle of wider dimensions than our medium version negates many of the benefits of using a Greenland paddle.

26 reviews for Greenland Paddle

  1. Dave Worthington (verified owner)

    Simply put – a work of art that perform as good as it looks. To date I’ve used a Carbon Western Paddle and expected this to feel heavy. It isn’t. It’s amazingly light compared with my expectation.

    Performance is stunning. I had expected to get some flutter that would take some practice to overcome but no, straight off it is simply a pleasure to use. Beautifully balanced it is definitely easier on my (somewhat elderly) shoulders in use. I have not yet used it in company with my normal paddling buddies but I don’t feel any slower than with my western paddle.

    John was also very helpful in explaining the sizing prior to me placing my order. Delivery was bang on expectation. A joy to do business with.

  2. Andrew Todd

    Beautiful. A piece of art. Not sure whether to hang on the wall or use in the water…or both! Not only is the paddle a sight to behold but out on the open water it is so responsive but effortless. I was told before my purchase that once you paddle with one of these you will never go back. It’s true. Can’t recommend John enough.

  3. Gordon (verified owner)

    Can’t thank John enough for making my greenland paddle, I really do love it, it’s an absolutely beautiful work of art and it performs superb,John advised me on the sizing which I would recommend you do if your unsure at all, it fits perfectly nice and lightweight you could go all day using this paddle and it rolls very well, would highly recommend and have done already to some good friends

  4. david scobie (verified owner)

    Received GP from John mid Feb and have managed to get a few trips on the sea.
    First look amazing craftsmanship it’s a beauty .
    On the water it’s warm in the hands and the shoulders give me added security which is a huge bonus ( severed biceps sort of repaired ,and no rotator cuff right shoulder) the smoothness of the catch and follow through is brilliant no bite .
    I have no difficulty at all keeping up with club members using euroblade ,I paddle low angle and very slow cadence,
    I have a lot to learn yet but I’m going to enjoy the journey .
    David Scobie

  5. Peter Kirk (verified owner)

    I bought a Greenland paddle, the slightly wider one, after advice from John. So far I’ve used it in overfalls and small surf.I’ve been out paddling with a speedstir in a tarantella and had a few rolling sessions. The more I use it the more comfortable I feel with it . It’s reassuring in conditions, easy on the joints, great to roll with.
    I’ve oiled it daily for a week and store it outside in the shed. Keeping up with others hasn’t been an issue at all . I love it and recommend it whole heartedly. I’m now looking forward to getting a storm paddle and cracking on in the surf

  6. Jim Clements (verified owner)

    Had my Greenland paddle now for a few weeks and have used it during weekend instructor sessions with Cubs and Scouts on our local lake where everyone is used to euro paddles. I’m currently using it with a Dagger Katana cross over boat and can’t wait to use it with a proper sea boat.

    I’m a fairly competent paddler / instructor but this paddle has transformed not just my ability on the water but also the impact on my upper body.

    The craftsmanship is simply Fantastic with the GP being light, ergonomic, powerful and strangely intuitive as no matter how cak handed I am it always seems to be in the right position either to brace or stroke.

    Today’s sessions let me share it around some of the old hands and sceptics and within 5mins every single one of them was converted.

    So amazing bit of kit that was totally transformed my approach to being on the water

  7. Colin McKenzie (verified owner)

    I have had my Greenland paddle for about six weeks now .It took me a couple of sessions to get use to the technique compared to the euro
    paddle, but now it seems to come quite naturally. I had been getting shoulder and wrist problems when padding, but with this paddle it
    all seems much less stressful and more comfortable. Using it on some long paddles and surf with my short kayak it has been excellent.
    John was really helpful with the dimensions of the paddle to suit me and my type of padding and the workmanship and look of it is amazing.
    I will definitely be going back to John at Valkyrie for my next paddle .

  8. Melvyn Johnson (verified owner)

    The paddle looks stunning but it felt heavy to me at first. After my first trip kayaking with it, I was surprised that my arms or shoulders didn’t ache. After three paddles, I realise how lovely and easy it is to kayak with this beautiful paddle. I tried my first roll today using my new paddle and it probably was the easiest roll that I have done. I love how it looks, how it feels and how it performs. Having used a carbon fibre Greenland paddle for a few years, I now know the difference and benefit of paddling with my Valkyrie paddle.
    Until you try it, you can’t understand how much easier and how much more pleasurable it is to use this piece of craftsmanship

  9. Peter Hallam

    My first greenland paddle and it really is a work of art.

    As to paddling with it for the first time well its a mixed review (not through any fault of the paddle). Firstly it feels warm in the hand and offers good grip. It seems very stiff and offers no flutter. The problems are with the paddler who needs to retrain his brain and unlearn 38 years of paddling with a Euro blade with a 30` feather. On my first outing I was slightly slower than with a Euro blade but its deceptive, you don’t get that snatch and it doesn’t feel like you’re making ground but look to the side and you realise that you really are making good progress. The majority of the trip I paddled with a low angle stroke because going forward I’m trying to take the pressure off my joints, it seems very smooth. I then tried a higher angle stroke and did a short sprint and and whilst the pull is different to a normal blade it can motor when you give it the gas.

    You know when you learn to drive it seems impossible to accelerate, brake, dip the clutch, change gear and steer all simultaneously, but then one day you stop thinking about it, you use the other side of your brain and it becomes instinctual. 38 years of Euro Blades for me is instinctual, bracing, rolling etc require no thought, its all muscle memory. Well this is different, not in any bad way, but I’m looking forward to learning a new technique and moving forward in my paddling journey. I was concentrating so much on my hand position, on whether the shaft should turn freely through my left hand or not etc that I actually felt sea-sick. When I stopped overthinking it, looked at the horizon and put my self into auto-pilot things really started to come together.

    Despite the ramblings of a madman, I think this is an excellent paddle and would thoroughly recommend it.

  10. michael burke

    I just wanted to give you some feedback on the greenland paddle which recently arrived. I am still developing my technique with it but have been out in mixed conditions five times with it at this point covering on average about 12km each time. It feels very organic and naturally warm in my hands. It felt strange for a while not to be feathering all of a sudden. On one particularly windy stretch, with a heavy side wind, I felt I should switch back to my old paddle but it immediately felt unnatural to me so I switched back to your paddle again. I have hit the tips off a few times on submerged rocks. So far it is holding up very well. I presume the black tips are resin.

    I haven’t tried rolling with it just yet as it’s still very cold but I think it will really help with its natural buoyancy. It looks absolutely beautiful outside in direct sunlight. I think I am pretty much converted, perhaps a little slower overall but I think my shoulder and wrist joints are thanking me for the change.

  11. LYNN WICHLACZ (verified owner)

    My husband was blown away when the Greenland Paddle arrived. It was ordered as a gift . The paddle is a work of art and the craftsmanship outstanding, we cannot thank John enough. Due to the current pandemic and weather conditions it hasn’t seen the water yet, but he is so looking forward to getting out with it as soon as we are able. Thanks again John.

  12. Chris Tait (verified owner)

    Simply stunning ! Greenland Sea Kayak paddle arrived today, well oiled (so much more pragmatic than varnish), light, work of art. Workmanship superb and friendly service and updating on progress 2nd to none.
    Can’t wait for next trip to try out – no more wrist/shoulder repetitive strain disorder affecting those longer paddle camp trips

  13. Enrica McIntosh (verified owner)

    My paddle is not only an exquisite work of craftsmanship, now gracing my living room, but it is a joy to use. It amazes me how such a simple tool, affectionally called ‘the stick’ , can be so incredibly effective, light and easy to use. It will accompany me in every single paddling expedition and I will always cherish it. It feels like the natural thing to use. The Innuits do know a thing or two… Gorgeously made. Thank you

  14. Mick Kane (verified owner)

    Fantastic service and paddle. From the first conversation John was a pleasure to deal with. The paddle is a work of art and has transformed my paddling in many ways from bracing to rolling. Highly recommended.

  15. Ian Makkison

    I have just received this work of art from John, and have had only one trip out with it before lockdown. My wife’s comments on seeing the paddle constitute a good review of the craftsmanship. Apparently it was such a beautiful object that it must have cost an awful lot (she was pleasantly surprised at how little it did cost) and it was much too good for me to use it on the water in case I damaged it.
    I have never paddled with a Greenland paddle before my one trip out and did not have the benefit of someone familiar with Greenland paddles to modify my technique. However, I found it warm on the hands and made good upwind progress with it. The appearance of the paddles attracted a lot of favourable attention.
    John was very useful in providing advice on the design of paddles, and promptly answered my e-mails

  16. Mick Kane (verified owner)

    Got my paddle this year from John. Fantastic !!! After a couple of conversations John had the sizes and spec sorted. Paddle arrived on Achill well packaged and on time.
    A real joy to paddle with and I am now converted to Greenland design. Workmanship is top class and this has been commented on by many in the outdoor Education community here. Only problem is that they may be addictive and a storm paddle might be ordered soon.
    Huge thanks John

  17. Frank Harradence

    My laminated Valkyrie GP is a joy to use and the prettiest of all of my 5 GP paddles (from other various manufacturers.)
    It’s light, brilliant at linking paddle strokes & of course rolling.
    No blade flutter is felt at any time with good feedback as it moves through the water.
    Is equally adept at performing in high or low paddle mode.
    Highly recommend.

  18. Eoghan

    Bought a Greenland paddle as a Christmas present for my dad this year. He tends to do long distance paddles (can be 30km+ in a day) and he wanted a lightweight paddle for such journeys.

    I was advised to look at Valkyrie paddles and the attention to detail was excellent. John recommended a smaller blade width for long journeys and some changes in sizing and the suggestions were on the ball! Have heard nothing but praise for the paddle since – excellent quality, well finished, speedy and the lightest paddle he has had which is ideal for long journeys.

    Thank you John for all your advice and creating such a quality product!

  19. Valkyrie1

    Thank you John – My beautiful paddle arrived at the end of March when we were in lockdown so I had to wait a while before using. This is my first greenland paddle and I love it. Having used it on quite a few occasions now, it is my paddle of preference. We had a 17-mile estuary paddle recently and whereas my euro paddle would have left me with very sore thumbs, my lovely wooden paddle was still comfortable throughout; it just feels so nice to use. Several people in our small group have also tried paddling with it and our local carpenter appreciated the craftsmanship. With care and more thought, I have also managed some rock-hopping!

    Emailed review by Rosemary Philips, Cornwall. Added by Valkyrie

  20. David Poots

    I’ve been using a Valkyrie Greenland paddle for 4 years now. For the first 1/2 hour I thought it was a mistake, then it clicked and now I won’t use anything else. It promotes a relaxed efficient paddling style which is deceptively fast. Nothing comes close for bracing, sculling or rolling (in fact that’s become a hobby in it’s own right). The construction is wooden laminate which looks beautiful. There is a small weight penalty, but they are strong. (I also have a cedar paddle, which is light but fragile,I’ve had to patch it with epoxy). The paddle is oiled, not varnished. This looks great and retains grip in the wet (unlike my varnished factory made paddle).
    Two pieces of advice:
    1) let John guide you on size. I persuaded him to build me a big powerful paddle, which I can only use for surfing (It’s great for the surf but exhausting on a trip)
    2) be warned, this Greenland style can be addictive. Don’t tell my wife but I have 3 of John’s paddles and my Selkie kayak is on order.

  21. Tim Johnston

    Love my Valkyrie greenland 215cm paddle, joy to paddle with on winter days. It’s light and efficient in the water. John talks you through the wood choices and sizing and the resin tip protects the blade. As a Christmas present from my better half i also recieved the storm paddle version which is great on windy days or in surf sessions. Order a Valkyrie paddle, you won’t regret it!

  22. Alison Kennedy

    I got a Greenland paddle from John for this season and was immediately impressed. It’s great for mobility and power in challenging conditions and relaxing to use. Well balanced and light. It’s also beautiful. I rarely go out without someone saying. Easy to maintain with fine sandpaper and tung oil, every now and then.

  23. Bob Bainsfair

    Had previously purchased a greenland paddle from the States, but the one John made for me was so much better and lighter. It is a beautiful design and has given me real joy to use and has helped me develop my kayaking enormously. Ironically John’s paddle was considerably less expensive than my other euro blades and is made from durable and sustainable materials…a ‘no-brainer’ as they say. I’ll be back for a replacement or spare in due course.

  24. Mary

    I got a greenland paddle from John 4 years ago and it is beautiful! Lovely to hold and paddle with. I use it mainly on the sea and it is still in excellent condition.

  25. Hamish

    I used a Greenland paddle from Valkyrie Craft for my solo circumnavigation of Ireland back in 2014, built to the medium blade width. I found the paddle to be light, strong and naturally suited to long distance paddling. The wooden build also means the paddle feels warm against your hand in winter, and its excellent buoyancy makes rolling a breeze.

    A common complaint about Greenland paddles is that they lack the power to make them suited for aggressive paddling or for races, but here I must disagree. I have never felt that I have lacked the power to battle brutal water, and in races I have always placed highly. The difference in a spooned racing paddle and a Greenland stick may be significant. The difference between a standard western paddle and a Greenland stick is not.

    I would highly recommend these paddles, the build quality is excellent, and even if you don’t ever go paddling again they are a work of art worthy of display on the wall.

  26. Valkyrie1

    Reviews Submitted prior to August 2020
    Uploaded by Valkyrie

    1. The laminate appearance of these paddles looks brilliant.  The use of oil looks good and is a positive surface for holding.  I find a varnished loom is too slippery and gives me blisters.  The blade length is good and the weight is just right…. the laminates make the paddle strong even in the thinner tip sections

    2. John took time to explain the various issues around making my ideal paddle before taking measurements and making it up for me.  I’ve only had it a month and now don’t touch my old sea paddle.

    3. Dear John, my fantastic paddle came in the mail today. I’m so happy and proud to have a paddle made from Valkyrie craft! Could you please repeat for me the different woods used? I would love to be able to answer when people ask.  I send you a big hug from Norway. This is the perfect memory from my stay in Northern-Ireland!

    4. Hi John, just wanted to say thanks for the paddle!! Absolutely superb. So much power, and control.  How often should I oil it?!?

    5. A greenland paddle was recommended to me following  a shoulder injury that nearly put paid to my sea paddling career.  I was told that a ‘Greenland Stick’ would reduce strain on my wrists, elbows and shoulders and that with care I should be able to get back into the boat.  John was very informative and took time to talk through the paddle dimensions with me – I had the paddle made up with a traditional sized blade to reduce the chance of me over doing it – and I’m back in the boat.  I have to concentrate on keeping good core rotation but the blade certainly has been a key part of my recovery.

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