Snowshoe12 and Double-blade Paddle
This was my first attempt at making a double paddle. The blades are slightly "spooned" (concave) on the working face.
The paddle is made in two pieces joined by friction-fit copper fittings. The two halves are much easier to haul around.
The fitting also allows the blades to be angled to each other so when the down blade is flat to the water, the up-blade slices through the air, edgewise - a benefit when paddling into the wind. Because it takes a little technique to master this arrangement, sometimes it's easier to just set the blades parallel.
The copper fittings are made for plumbers, not paddlers, and are less than ideal because there is a little play in the joint (annoying). On later paddles I used a longer piece of aircraft aluminum which worked better and was also lighter.