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Here is a list of essays on various aspects of paddling. Some are actually rather long so grab a cup of coffee first...

The Lure of the Realm

The “Realm” is our name for where we roam.  We just go around for a little while and then come back to the real world.   And the Lure is strong. “Just one more good one” , and “One more like that” ARE good enough reasons to get frazzled to the point where you’re not...

Paddle Anatomy

The anatomy of a paddle is pretty simple really. There's only a few terms  to learn. Shafts are usually made in two halves which are "scarved"  together and made of three pieces each. "Plated shafts" have a lighter  duty core- like spruce or sassafras, and then tough...

Stroke Theory

What follows is a discussion of my ideas about stroke dynamics. It's an  evolving science with abundant subjective input and assertions ruling  the day. My ideas come from studying what makes powerful strokes and  what it takes to paddle hard all day- in essence- what...

Trik Style

What's this "TRIK STYLE" blade shape all about and why do I feel it is the  best configuration I make? Trik style means the blade is centered on the shaft- like a canoe paddle. It means the paddle will do equally  powerful forward and backward strokes. The name came...