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Free Oar and Paddle Plans

There are many good free plans for oars, canoe paddles and kayak paddles including Aleut style

Here is a collection that I have put together. If I missed some let me know.

Making your own nice wooden oars is very satisfying. Here are a few plans but also good articles for paddle and oar making

Email me if a plan link is broken. I try to update everything often but the internet is a fast paced place. (and I'm quite pokey)

Choose your material carefully so you don't end up with a warped oar :( as I did in my wooden oar making experiment.

Free Paddle and Oar Plans

If you plan on making wooden oars or paddles check that the dimensions are good for your boat, longer is usually better. has an interesting page on the basic Kayak Paddle Shapes This is a very comprehensive article well worth reading.

Bending has a page on how to choose a canoe paddle, sizing, material, and type.

I try to be accurate and check my information, but mistakes happen. Some free plans are good but others are worth exactly what you paid for them.

email me if you find mistakes, I'll fix them and we'll all benefit: Christine

Small Print

This information is for general knowledge. If you plan to build a boat, make a wooden canoe paddles or wooden oars, or anything, check and recheck. Work safely. I have not tested most of these plans so there could be mistakes. I include on the side panel, some amazon links. This helps me pay for the website. The links are relevant to the subject and I choose them myself. I try to keep the quality of the products reasonable, but I don't test them. Unless I say so I am not recommending anything.