Loc: Heart of Dixie
Re: Cotton Row * a pulling boat
03/17/12 10:25 AM
Is there a preferred wood to make paddles from?
Rot resistant preferably and must be lightweight. A lot of newbies don't think about this but your going to swing that paddle hundreds or if you like me thousands of time. Every ounce you can save is a good thing.
Western Red Cedar is my first choice but there are others. Cypress and basswood come to mine. Just stay away from heavy hardwoods.
I have to make a set of oars fro this boat and I am looking at basswood or maybe popular just because that is something I can get easily. Not the best choices but as long as I take care and keep them varnished they will work. Oars can be counterbalanced with some lead in the handles so weight isn't as much an issue.
-------------------- I have found how much a boat is used is inversely related to how much it weighs.