|My workshop with my new spokeshave and drawknife (on right)|
As someone who really doesn't need more stuff , my Christmas list normally consists of socks and underwear and dress shirts. This Christmas, however, I decided there really was something that I wanted. A drawknife and a spokeshave--tools that the local Ace Hardware don't carry! Santa was good to me. I also received a folding workbench. I used to have one of these and it didn't make a move years ago. The new one is fancier (with more bells and whistles) but not nearly as sturdy.
I you remember, before Thanksgiving I had a guy with a sawmill cut me some ash logs and strips to replace the gunnels on my canoe. He told me to take the extra planks (as he was just going to burn them) and I decided that I would like to attempt to make my own canoe paddles. I set up shop on the 3 season porch and went to work. My first discovery was to learn that my jig saw (which is a heavy duty one) was going to take all day to cut this 1 1/4 inch ash. So I called a friend with a bandsaw and took the boards over to his shop and cut them into the shape of paddles. I had two pieces of wood that seemed to be free of splits. One I fashioned into an "otter tail" paddle (narrower) and the other I glued pieces onto the blade to make a broad "beaver tail" paddle. My friend also suggested we try an electric planner on shaping the blades (which saved a lot of time).
|Adding wood to the blade|
|Stages (from bottom): Wood plank, rough cut paddle,||carved paddle, an older paddle of mine that's finisihed.|
|2 paddles waiting to dry out beside an older paddle of mine.|