Built by Joe O'Blenis, current and 2-time World Speed Record holder for circumnavigating Vancouver Island by sea kayak. Joe has over 36 years of paddling experience and has now built well in excess of 1,000 + Greenland Paddles.
Our custom wood paddles are the weapon of choice for pro kayakers such as Helen Wilson, Mark Tozer and of course Joe O'Blenis to name just a few.
We use the finest woods available, western red cedar from Vancouver Island, specially selected by our own sawyer and we take pride in each and every custom paddle that we create.
Other select woods are sometimes added in as well for contrast by special request.
Feel free to email Joe to go over specifications for YOUR custom built paddle.
Joe O' Paddles "Box Set"
We are now offering a full "Box Set" of paddles for Greenlandic paddling and rolling. You get your choice of either a shouldered or a non shouldered, laminated Greenland Paddle, a Storm Paddle and an O'Blenis Rolling Stick (Norsaq). All items can be custom sized/ spec'd upon request.
See our Web Store for pricing and more information.
The ultimate gift for the Greenland paddling enthusiast!
Rolling Sticks are now available!
Rolling Sticks, similar to Norsaqs but without the actual harpoon launching attachments and features, are now available for sale. Email me for specs and/ or custom orders. Prices are from $40.00 and up. Built of laminated western red cedar and finished with multiple coats of tung oil.
2 Piece, take-a-part Greenland Paddles:
Couple photos of one of my 2 Piece Greenland Paddles. The one below was built up for Helen Wilson of Arcata California and is the one she will be using in the 2010 Greenland Kayaking Championships. Reinforcing carbon fiber/ epoxy is adding to the area of the transition between the carbon fiber ferrules and the wood of the loom to minimize the effects of breakage at the stress riser of the joint itself.
More photos coming over the next few days after I finish up one going out to Canoe & Kayak Magazine next week.
In the photo below, the paddle on the left is shouldered and the one on the right is non shouldered, having a more gradual transition from loom to blade. The Shouldered paddles on the other hand will have an obvious "Shoulder" where the blade starts to widen out.
Contact me directly for sizing information.