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Curley Maple....

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by chris pearson, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Found some nice curly maple, flat sawn and grain appears straight. The question is, how strong will it be? How much inpact does the figured wood effect strength?
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  2. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Depends if it's hard or soft maple. Are you building a bridge?
     
  3. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    It affects it tremendously, depending on the amount and direction of figure. Not a big concern for decks but sure can be for thwarts and seats. Curly much less so than Birdseye. As Rob said, whatcha using it for?
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Aren't we.....

    in the paddle making forum you knuckleheads? IT'S FOR A PADDLE!!!!!:cool:
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    By the way, Shaw and Tenney makes paddles outta soft curly and I asked if they have had any returned broken, the answer was no. Still, I don't want to make a paddle out of it unless I'm pretty sure it isn't going to fail. Perhaps I should build a bridge out of it first!
     
  6. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    We have a paddle making forum? huh, who knew. I've broken 2 birdseye paddles, but the figure is terrible (but pretty). Still havent broken my Shaw and Tenney racine pattern, its curly. You'll be fine...
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    "Terrible"? I know it sucks to work with it, what do you mean by terrible?
     
  8. JClearwater

    JClearwater Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Chris,
    Curly maple is traditionally used for muzzle-loading gun stocks. It's beautiful but because of the wavy grain it has a tendency to chip out small pieces when you are carving. Just use very sharp tools and proceed slowly. It will make a very pretty paddle.

    Jim C.
     
  9. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    If you're using curly, you wont have much trouble. I was referring mostly to birds eye, which can have large areas where there is no discernible grain pattern, or it switches back. Shove some through a planer for some late night fun... and keep those tools shaving sharp to minimize tearout, as has been discussed. If you hit some of the muzzle loading sites you can find some great tricks for finishing it and really bringing out its beauty. They can really look stunning.

    http://www.dixiegunworks.com/default.php?cPath=22_96_214_215
     

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  10. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    I have carved multiple paddles in soft curly maple, with no breaking or splitting.

    I've only every carved one bird's-eye paddle, and it was a bi*tch. Cross grain with a belt sander helps get rid of the torn out eyes.
     
  11. crosscuts

    crosscuts LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Hi Chris,

    I have not used curly maple but I did make a paddle from curly Douglas Fir. Plenty strong but a bugger to shape. Belt sanders, large and small, bladed tools VERY SHARP used with a slicing action and lots of hand sanding with a block. After the teak oil dries buff it with a clean buffing wheel with no compound. It looks like you can reach into the grain.

    R.C.
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    thanks....

    for all the input guys. R.C., never thought of buffing wood like that, I'll try it.
     

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