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The Black Tie - Custom Canoe Paddle

It's not everyday we get to create a custom paddle like this. With its rich mix of special claro walnut and flame maple, this sleek paddle is ready for the red carpet.


This paddle features specialty wood in the blade, claro walnut and flame maple. Claro walnut is highly figured and typically reserved for high end furniture and woodworking. Curly "flame" maple is also known for being highly figured and its grain pops, giving it a holographic look. The shaft was made with red cedar, basswood and ash. The grip features the same, and is accented with a walnut curve. 

Special Details

This paddle combines technical woodworking and creativity to bring together some special touches:

Book-matched Wood
The blade features book-matched claro walnut and curly flame maple. This is a technique where a piece of wood is cut in half and "opened like a book", leaving the sides as mirror images.

Wooden Curves
The blade features two different wooden curves. The first set is a sharp contrast of 1/16" strips of alternating white cedar and walnut to add depth and contrast where the different woods meet. There is also a second set of curves made of 1/8" white cedar to add further contrast within the walnut. The grip also features a gentle curve made of 1/8" walnut strips.


The Black Tie Custom is a 52" laminated bent shaft paddle based on our Longtail model.
Blade: 19½ x 7 ½ inches, 2oz. fibreglass, 10°
Shaft: Round
Grip: Modified Pear
Weight: 19oz
Finish: High gloss urethane varnish  (blade/ shaft) & hand-rubbed oil finish (grip)