Build your own Greenland paddle at CBMM

On Sept. 7–8, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum invites the public to its St. Michaels campus for a two-day workshop on constructing a Greenland paddle.

ST. MICHAELS — Looking for a simpler, lighter way to paddle? This fall, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, through its Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs, will host a two-day workshop on constructing a Greenland paddle.

Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, this program invites the public to join CBMM’s Shipyard Education Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn in building their own alternative to a “euro spoon” kayak paddle. Each participant will leave with their own cedar Greenland paddle, with materials and basic tools provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch each day.

Noted to reduce stress on hands, elbows, and shoulders without sacrificing control and power, the Greenland paddle is remarkable for its narrower and longer blade. Based on a 1,000-year-old Inuit design, the paddle measures about the width of the kayaker’s shoulders, with a blade that is less than four inches wide that tapers to a shaft or “loom.”

The cost for this program, which will be held in CBMM’s Workshop Annex, is $200, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. To register, visit

CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs take place year-round, offering demonstrations, workshops, intensives with visiting master craftsmen, on-the-water experiences, and customized programming. Programs take place on weekends and select weekdays, and include a variety of programs for every interest and age. To find one that’s right for you, visit me on Twitter @connie_stardem.

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