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West Greenland Kayak Paddle: Make Your Own

Course Overview

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. This course is open to students ages 14+.


Required Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Pencils
  • Straight edge aluminum yard stick

Optional Tools

  • Low angle block plane 
  • Spokeshave
  • Drawknife
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Carving knife
  • Your kayak (licensed to be paddled in Minnesota)
  • Pfd or life vest

Currently Scheduled Sessions

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