West Greenland Kayak Paddle
This course leads participants through the design and construction of a traditional Inuit kayak paddle. These paddles feature narrow blades that are well-balanced, lightweight and efficient. Students will learn about wood selection, wood grain considerations, paddle sizing and the theory of shape as applied to shafts and blades. Participants may experiment with paddles on the water to ensure proper sizing and shape. Students will leave the course with a paddle constructed with simple hand tools that is tailored to their body size and made to suit the shape and characteristics of their kayak.