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by Mac50L
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

Hi Mike, Looking at your handiwork, I would put myself as less accomplished than you... my attempts have resulted in serviceable paddle's. There you are, someone who has tried and succeeded. Mac501, just an observation... We don't all have your level of skill in this field... But, because of that, ...
by Mac50L
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

Damn! I just gave away an old draw knife to hang on a wall for a display. What!!! Where did it go? Time on this side of the earth for me however is running out I fear, so store bought it is :( OK but you are a kid compared to me who is more than a couple of decades older. If it wasn't for all those...
by Mac50L
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

MikeAqua wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:49 pm
I actually had a good line to follow, just failed to follow it correctly with the jigsaw.
Jigsaw? I won't claim to be able to do any better with one of those.

Guides? Use guides to work along. Where I split the two pieces, use a saw bench with guides. Carving down, use guides to work against.
by Mac50L
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

Mac50L. Why don't you sell your service to those people who can't? OK, see you here on next Monday. We're going to the Highland Games on Saturday otherwise it would be sooner. I want to make a Greendland paddle myself but since i know nuts about woodworking, So? A good chance to learn. You'll never...
by Mac50L
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

Some people can use hand tools well, others can't. People who can , usually don't understand why some people can't . If you gave me a straight piece of timber with line drawn on it, I literally could not make straight cut with a hand-saw. You say, "I've made cabinets," How? Either you have done all...
by Mac50L
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

I've made cabinets, re-clad a house, replaced windows, hung doors, built sheds and changed the roof pitch & wall height on a garage. But I wouldn't tackle a Greenland paddle. It would end up misshapen, but in different ways at each end. How? We're taking a plank of wood (~20 mm thick), drawing a li...
by Mac50L
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

these Greenland paddles look neat, useless at woodworking myself ;( Obviously you didn't have a mother who knew anything. As I had a mother who could fix anything, mechanical or electrical, good at cabinetmaking level of woodworking, a daughter (very good metal worker) who has taught her kids to be...
by Mac50L
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1255

Re: Paddle recommendations

Blazer60 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:45 pm
Buy a length of Western Red Cedar and make yourself a Greenland paddle.
https://sites.google.com/site/kayakamf/ ... nd-paddles

Unfortunately if you do make your own you are libel to end up with a dozen of them..... Cost? About $20 or $25 if you add the cost of linseed oil.
by Mac50L
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dry Bags
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Dry Bags

You could try making your own -
http://www.kask.org.nz/dry-bags/
by Mac50L
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Flags
Replies: 5
Views: 894

Re: Flags

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:
Mon May 15, 2017 9:01 pm
Does the CD not delaminate after a while showering you in silver foil? :lol:
They degrade. I can give you some that have if you wish. I've carried them as mirrors but they do need replacing regularly.
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 5104

Re: Greenland Paddle

I can see a lot of "I'll build a plane, I've got a couple of doors here I'll use them for wings." No understanding of why things are shaped a certain way. Enough grunt and the doors might work as wings but never apply the word "efficiently". The way a GP works well is in the shape. Otherwise why not...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Milford Sound (and Abel Tasman)
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Milford Sound (and Abel Tasman)

able tasman has got some honey holes. The title of this thread is correct as his name was Abel though he might have also been able to explore the Tasman Sea. the "mad mile" and seperation pt require nice conditions. Though called the Mad Mile, it is usually possible to duck inside the reef and get ...
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 5104

Re: Greenland Paddle

I reckon there must be a way to get a lightweight and stable enough paddle using natives. Yes there is using the same amount of wood weight as a light weight paddle. You'd do it by cutting very thin laminates and forming it to shape i.e. hollow. But why? One other thing to think about is your kayak...
by Mac50L
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 5104

Re: Greenland Paddle

I was thinking along the lines of a super-thin cedar GP with a cedar ply stringer to maintain strength. But would the ply end grain suck up epoxy, negating the weight savings of a thinner paddle? I made one with a thin (2 mm) kwila piece in it for stiffening but all my others are just straight WRC....
by Mac50L
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 5104

Re: Greenland Paddle

Demo' Kauri, Rimu and the ends are Pohutukawa. Weight is about 1350gms. Twice the weight it should be. That's a lot of weight to have to handle for a day of paddling. Edges need to be sharper as HLD says. Use WRC, it works, it is easy to work and get something that works to find out how to use one ...
by Mac50L
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Site Suggestions and Site Help
Topic: To the Site Admin's
Replies: 4
Views: 2225

Re: To the Site Admin's

What about a heavier font to make things easier to read. This must be the most unattractive forum I frequent. Skinny font and a lot of grey fonts too, which is even worse.

The original forum was good and "attractive" but not now. It has an unfriendly look to it.
by Mac50L
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?

It's a shame because we have Abel Tasman right on our doorstep. That limits me to SOTs - or a hybrid and removing the cover every 20 minutes to get my legs sideways I was thinking of putting carborundum strips on the keel as you suggest. The Abel Tasman is where a number of mine have first got wet....
by Mac50L
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?

A few people on here have built stitch and glue fishing kayaks. I'm wondering how people find them now that they have owned them for a while. How do they paddle? The best. What are they like to fish out of? They are a sea kayaks so we were only getting one blue cod for lunch and 2 for dinner on the...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kayaker rescued
Replies: 18
Views: 1324

Re: Kayaker rescued

Does anyone know if it was a sit-in or a sit-on kayak. If the latter, was it leaking hatches poorly fitted that led to the capsize?
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Glass and Rocky Beaches
Replies: 21
Views: 1697

Re: Glass and Rocky Beaches

I'd love to have two kayaks but nowhere to store a second one and arguably, with my itinerant lifestyle barely enough free time to justify one ... You mean you will only have ONE !!!!! There's the single here, the kids one to finish, my partner's and her half built one, 3 of mine plus a double and ...