Benjamin Fontenot Greenland Paddles

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CUSTOM PADDLES


Welcome to the custom paddle building page. Here you can explore all of the possible options for ordering paddles and project blanks.

Start by reviewing the standard product features below. Next grab a pen, paper, and a measuring tape to record your paddle specifications. Scroll down for instructions on sizing and adjustments if needed. Once the paddle size has been fine tuned, review the options for shaping the shoulders and blade tips. Continue down to see finish options, and finally select an in stock board to be crafted into a custom paddle or project blank.

After choosing a board, select your product type, finish, and optional epoxy protection. Next you will be able to record your paddle dimensions and specifications before placing an order.

Pricing layout HERE

STANDARD PADDLE FEATURES |

  • Epoxy sealed tip edges

  • Boiled linseed oil finish

PROJECT BLANK FEATURES|

  • Premium grade lumber

  • Cut out to shape

  • Tapered blades

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Epoxy Sealed Blade Tip Edges

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Boiled Linseed Oil Finish


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Premium Grade Lumber

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Cut to Shape with Tapered Blade


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SIZING A PADDLE

 

Paddle sizes can be based from several factors of the body size and paddling style

Accurate measurements will help determine how a paddle will fit the paddler and feel in the water

A correctly sized paddle will complement and support and ergonomic paddling technique


FULL SIZE GREENLAND PADDLE | 79”- 96”

Ergonomic with high performance in a wide variety of paddling styles and conditions. All while providing less strain on the shoulders, arms, core. Strong, flexible, and lightweight properties make these paddles great for touring, surf, expeditions, and rolling.

Length | Measure the distance from elbow to the end of your palm, plus your height. (ex. 70” tall + 18” elbow to fingertip = 88” long paddle)

Loom / Shaft Width | Use a “paddlers box” form and measure the distance between your grip.

Loom / Shaft Diameter | Small 1 1/4” & Standard 1 3/8”

Blade Width | Blade ends should be comfortable to grip without over stretching your hand. (standard blade width is 3 3/8”

GRAB A MEASURING TAPE, PEN, AND PAPER.

LET’S GET STARTED

 

STORM/SPARE PADDLE | 62” - 79”

Readiness and reliability when you need it. Short, stout and light weight for a powerful, wind resistant stoke during storm conditions. Safe and low profile stow without risk of protruding from the deck of most sea kayaks.

Length | Measure the distance of an arm span, finger tip to finer tip

Loom / Shaft Width | Measure the outside of two fits held together

Loom / Shaft Diameter | Small 1 1/4” & Standard 1 3/8”

Blade Width | Blade ends should be comfortable to grip without over stretching your hand. (standard blade width is 3 3/8”


ADJUSTMENTS

Each paddle is custom made to the paddler and their needs. Here are the options for tweaking paddle specifications.

FULL SIZE | ADJUSTMENT OPTIONS

Length | Add or subtract up to 6” in total length. (full size parameters 79”-96”)

Blade Width | Up to 5” in total blade width

FULL SIZE| ADJUSTMENT CONSIDERATIONS

Kayak Width vs. Loom Width | If the width of your kayak in front of the cockpit is greater than your loom/shaft measurement, I recommend using the kayak width measurement in place of your body loom/shaft measurement

STORM PADDLE | ADJUSTMENT OPTIONS

Blade Width | Up to 5” in total blade width

STORM PADDLE | ADJUSTMENT CONSIDERATIONS

Deck Storage | Make sure the total length of your storm paddle isn’t greater than the deck space on your kayak. (storm parameters 62” - 79”)

COMMON ADJUSTMENTS

Rough Water | Shorten overall length by 4” & widen the blades by 1”

Distance Touring | Add 2” to the overall length

*Project Paddle Blanks, continue down to Board Selection.


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SHAPING OPTIONS

Fine tune the grip and blade tip aesthetics.

SHOULDERS

The transitions between the loom and blades. It’s where you primarily hold the paddle and it’s shape can be made to anchor your grip as much as you like.

NO SHOULDERS

Totally smooth and clean transition with no feel of a shoulder index.

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SOFT SHOULDERS

Comfortable and relaxed feel with a slight shoulder index

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HARD SHOULDERS

Abrupt transition that’s been shaped for a comfortable shoulder index

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BLADE TIP SHAPE

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ROUND

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SEMI ROUND

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SQUARED


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FINISH OPTIONS

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BOILED LINSEED OIL

Standard oil finish

Enhances the existing color by darkening and contrasting the wood grain

Protective and easy to maintain

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SHOU-SUGI-BAN + BOILED LINSEED OIL

An ancient Japanese technique that preserves wood by burning and charring the outside grain

Enhanced grain creates a textured grip and amazing colors

Finished in boiled Linseed oil

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UNFINISHED

Shaped, sanded and ready for a finish


TRADITIONAL STYLED EPOXY PROTECTION OPTIONS

A huge variety of color and glitter options are available. Color pallet coming soon.

BLADE TIPS

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BLADE TIPS AND EDGING

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BOARD SELECTION

The final step is to choose a board that’s in stock. I only use kiln dried, premium grade clear lumber. Each board is highly figured and one of a kind.

It’s important to note that grain pattern will alter slightly, oil finishes will deepen colors and bring out grain figure in the final product.

WESTERN RED CEDAR |

SWAMP CYPRUS | COMING SOON