You can buy perfectly serviceable aluminium and plastic paddles from most Outdoor Shops, but you may feel that your wooden canoe deserves a proper wooden paddle.
We offer several options. The premium option is a glorious laminated paddle, which you can make here, or buy one ready made by my son Tom. These are £120.
You might prefer to make a simple hardwood paddle in one piece. These are £80.
The third option is to make a softwood paddle. These are £60.
If you opt to make your own paddle during a canoe building holiday, these are the prices which apply. You will be measured for your paddle and a paddle blank will be cut out for you. You will then be shown how to shape the paddle using a range of traditional and modern tools. After sanding your finished paddle to your heart's content, you will finish the paddle in oil or varnish, ready for use with your new canoe. The whole process should take about 4 hours for a simple hardwood or softwood paddle. If you opt to build a laminated paddle you will need an hour extra on the previous day to lay out the lamination, plus 4 hours completing the paddle the next day.
We sometimes run stand alone paddle making courses. These are ideal for groups, families, or individuals who can come and spend half a day or so with us making their own paddle. We can put these on at short notice, and for groups of from one to six paddle-makers. It clearly makes more sense to us if there is a group of 4 or 5 of you, so we try and reflect that in the pricing, which starts at £100 for a single paddle, and gradually gets cheaper as you add more people. We have not had more than 6 making paddles with us as yet... we feel it is important to keep the groups small as we can then give you the any attention you may need along the way, but we could in theory ( and Covid permitting) take a larger group if, say, a Canoeing Club wanted to come and have a day here, or even stay over in one of the cabins.
Most people seize the opportunity to take one of our canoes up the river here while they are with us. Here a group are trying out the paddles they made with us. The river is rather swollen on this photo; normally we can see the bottom of the river, and watch the fish.