Making a quick wooden paddle. Specs?
My cheap harmony river passage paddle had water in it, and I've come to find out, it was because the blade actually cracked and that's where it lets water in, sp it's liable to break soon.
So I was thinking of making a cheap wooden one. I mainly just need to know how thick the paddle blade should be. I'm going to use red elm for the paddle blades, since I already have some; and a 6' wooden dowel from a nearby garden store.
Anyone ever done this and have some input, particularly, on how thick the paddle blade should be? I'm guessing I can go relatively thin on it, maybe 1/4" at the tips?