"Inspired by the Greenland-Style
A small, light canoe like the Yaquina is most easily powered by
a double-bladed paddle (commonly called a kayak paddle.) A traditional
style of kayak paddle comes from Greenland and is expertly described
in this PDF on How
to Make a West Greenland Paddle
The Greenland-style paddles are short and stout, excellent for
getting out on rough waters, fending off icebergs, and clubbing
seals for days on end. The Yaquina canoe is a calm water canoe and
doesn't require the stiffness of a Greenland-style paddle.
The Yaquina lends itself to a long, paddle - about 8 feet. The
length helps turn the canoe and it also allows the paddler to use
a stroke with a lower angle of entry than the stoke used in the
Wood selection can be a problem - paddles are subjected to stresses
so the shafts should be as knot-free as possible. Larger boards
tend to have fewer knots - mostly because they are cut from bigger,
older trees. A Greenland-style paddle can be made from a 2x4, but
the lumberyard didn't have any good cedar in 2x4, but they did have
a nice 8' 2x6.
Carving a Greenland-style paddle from a 2x6 will result
in a lot of waste.
A paddle with wider blades will use more material
. . .
. . . but there is still a significant amount of waste.
Instead of carving the paddle from a plank, the board
can be ripped into (2) shafts and (8) blades . . .
. . . glued together . . .
. . . and shaped as needed: Two paddles for the price
Building an "Inspired
by the Greenland-Style Paddle."