Greenland Storm Paddle

benson

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I recently finished my first Greenland paddle and am in the process of a storm paddle design. My question is...Thoughts on length of the loom? I've read variations of anywhere from 1 to 3 hand widths. Seems like a narrower loom would be more efficient with the slide stroke. I would appreciate input on that aspect and other preferences in a storm paddle.

Thanks,
Jim
 

benson

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Thanks Nootka. Your thread provides some info on loom width. Starting narrow to see how that works seems logical to me.
 

Mac50L

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I make my looms 2 hands wide, then a shoulder. The blades are about the same as my regular paddles.

I can't see how a one hand wide loom could be used as the hands come together, change over which one is actually holding the paddle, at the end of a stroke/beginning of the next stroke, and the outgoing hand starts out-going.
 

mick_allen

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I know some use a slightly open grip with the lower fingers right on the shoulder to give and get strong feathering feedback: then the loom doesn't actually have to be 2 full hands wide, but narrower: approaching one width.
 

benson

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I've been paddling GP for quite a while, but don't use the sliding stroke a lot. It seems with a storm paddle that wing span and blade width should be pretty specific to fit the paddler...maybe more so than a standard paddle due to the sliding stroke. I guess the length of loom I end up with will depend on my style. I'm so used to loosely gripping the shoulders a narrow loom made sense. Nice thing about DIY...keep shaving till it feels right.
 
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