Hudson Museum Paddles
(Photo Credit: Bob Holtzman)
I was quite disappointed at this point and didn't want the paddle remnants to go to waste, so in the end both pieces were kept in the hopes of re-purposing them somehow. The grip was stored inside since it felt quite comfortable and I wanted to keep it as a future template. After mulling around for ideas to re-use the blade, it was, in the end, just relegated to a garden ornament...a kind of paddle tombstone for a failed project.
Anyway, the paddle blade was yanked out of the garden where it has weathered into a antique grey patina but came out without any sign of rot. The grip was pulled out of indoor storage and the two setup on the garden shed to represent what could've been...
With a scrap piece of sassafras cut from more recent projects, a plan was hatched to try a scarf repair like David's.
Using a mitre saw, I cut the steepest angle I could manage. Here is a shot of the scarf joint clamped up...
The glue-up went well and it seems to be very strong. A new grip will be sketched out and reshaped soon.