Thursday, March 20, 2008

His Magic Thingamajig

Roy was at Canoecopia and, as usual, he had his latest gizmo with him. I knew he had developed a Greenland paddle that utilized one of the commercial paddling company's joints to fashion a take apart paddle. In fact, I believe that Mark Rodgers produces them at Superior Kayak.This time, however, he had a 5 (5, count 'em, 5) part paddle housed in a roll up bag. It had a hefty feel and allowed for different sized looms for different paddlers. Clever, yes. Traditional? Well, not in the traditional sense of the word. I do wonder if there is a market for such an idea.

Paddle safe...


Eric J. said...

Not traditional but still great!! The one thing that I dislike about my mighty stick is that doesn't fly well. It would be nice if I could take it on vacation to far away lands and stow it in a nice packable bag with my Lendal.
I once got a stick on a plane by claiming it was a ski. On the return trip, however, they called my bluff and extracted the over-sized luggage fee. The funny thing about it was that the return trip was from Miami to Boston and there was a few feet of fresh snow on the ground in Boston. Nobody questioned why I wanted to bring skis to Florida....

DaveO said...

See my post on airline irrationality. Perfectly logical in the mind of an airline agent. I'd like a 3 o4 4 piece, both for a back up paddle and also to travel with my Kahuna. Great idea. I suspect the ends of that paddle were what Roy lent to Dubside for his two norsaq' demo.

Silbs said...

Good points and, Daveo, it was indeed the ends of the paddle that Roy handed to Dubside...good eye.

RoyM said...

Good Morning Dick and all

Yes the paddle ends of the paddle pictured are what Dubside used in order to do his Swan roll. He had only brought one Norsak.

as far as paddle parts I've made 2,3,4 and 5 piece paddles. and of corse one piece ones.

The most versatle is the 5 piece. it's a true travel paddle the one pictured is made so that it fits in my wifes small suitcase and doesn't take a seperate bag to fly with. Taken apart it's 19 5/8 inches long and put together it is 80 inches. It'a storm paddle with a loom section that allows it to become a full length paddle.

I believe that just looking at the inuit knob harpoon, should tell us that traditional can also means transitional, all the past inovations had to come at some time or another, I just don't believe that the clock has to stop

Best Wishes

Silbs said...

Well said, Roy...and I agree (imagine that)!

RoyM said...

on a small follow up. I've talked to several people who also would like a 3 or 4 piece paddle to travel with. there really is no travel advantage with a 3 piece over a 2 piece. They are both too long to fit inside a suitcase, so must be carried as a seperate item.. remember that a 3 piece is not devided equally or the seam between the pieces would be in the wrong place for paddling with. too close to where the hand has to be when paddling. so the take out loom comes into play, making it into a 2 piece storm or a 3 piece full size paddle.

to fit in a suitcase you need to go at least to a 4 piece.

Best Wishes

Adam Bolonsky said...

Hi Sibs,
thanks for posting this. It's always helpful to see who is innovating what.

My friend Dee recently designed a jig for power routing Greenland paddles -- effectivly reducing production time by 3/4 and offering an alternative to those who tire of hand carving with spokeshaves and rasps.

I've been trying to convince her to use a CAD-CAM program to produce plans for her jig, but she's too busy to get around to it. Maybe one day in the coming months....