Making a Wooden Kayak Paddle

In this video I demonstrate the whole process of making a kayak paddle from wood. Starting from cutting the wood through getting out on the water.

Plans for building a similar paddle are available Here.

Making your own wood kayak paddle is a great way to personalize your kayaking adventures. Instead of just another plastic paddle you can have a beautiful piece of functional art that you made yourself.

The wood I'm using is Western Red Cedar for the body of the blade, with a bit of Ash as the reinforcing accent. The shaft is made from Sitka Spruce with a reinforcing spline of Ash.

The blade is reinforced with fiberglass and has a nylon para-cord reinforcement around the edges. This make for a lightweight but very strong paddle


  • Western red cedar
  • Sitka spruce
  • Ash
  • 2-ounce fiberglass
  • Nylon Parachute Cord
  • Tite-Bond III waterproof PVA Glue
  • Epoxy
  • Varnish

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