I had been thinking about how to hang my paddles efficiently, and saw your post. There are a lot of good ideas posted here. However, I am limited on time, money, and skill. I simply took a couple pieces of maple baseboards (4") and cut them about 28" long. I glued them together and routed the sides to add just a touch of style. Then I drilled pilot holes and screwed in some "U" wall mounts.
After rotating the heads and handles of my paddles, I could get 5 - 6 of them in a fairly small space. Since I had the wood and brackets I didn't have to spend any money!
4keys, thanks for bringing this up. I've always just stood my paddles in a corner, but I can now see some kind of rack in my future. Great ideas.
quote Abbey: "I have accumulated a few nice paddles (I'm a sucker for Sanborn's designs), and I have been hanging them vertically in "my" area of the house. My wife suggested hanging the three nice paddles prominitely over the couch in the living room, but only if they were hanging horizontally to fit the space. Didn't sound that difficult.
Put a spacer on the wall behind the blade to stop the rotation?
A friend with more wood working skills than myself, made this paddle rack from
a design I drew on a piece of scrap paper.
My other paddle rack is in the shape of a canoe, and has wooden pegs attached. The paddles are hung on the pegs with bungee cord loops, which are looped around the paddle's grip.
I need a 3rd rack badly. Paddles, like canoes can easily become a collection; always room for just "one more".
quote sedges: "
Wow, you win. I just use a wall guitar holder.
Hangs out of the way along wall of boat shop.
13 wood straight shaft
2 wood bents
2 wood kayak
1 composite kayak
2 spruce oars
1975 Epoke900 XC skis with bamboo poles
Need to pass off some of those straight shafts if I make any more paddles.
I have accumulated a few nice paddles (I'm a sucker for Sanborn's designs), and I have been hanging them vertically in "my" area of the house. My wife suggested hanging the three nice paddles prominitely over the couch in the living room, but only if they were hanging horizontally to fit the space. Didn't sound that difficult.
Started using two looped leather straps for each shaft, but the angled blade of the bent shaft paddles causes the paddle to rotate towards the floor and not hang "flat" against the wall. I can get it to stay in place with a leather strap around the blade, but the point of the hang was to display all of the great woodwork in the blades. Tried adding some non-skid drawer liner between the leather and the shaft, but still slipped.
Before I make a custom holder to secure the edges of each blade or some custom wooden shaft brackets, has anyone solved this problem a different way?
I made a rack for the man cave.
Some great and creative ideas out there. We have about 12 paddles ( some straight, some bent, some kids size, and some old ones) and only 2 canoes, so storing the paddles inside the upside down canoe doesn't work, unless I want to remove all the paddles every time we use the canoe. Maybe for winter storage it would work.
I also just throw the paddles above the upside down seats, however, I'm inspired to do a project to get my paddles on display in my house somewhere now! I love Jackfish and Soledad's racks!
Holds 4-5 paddles easily. Cheap and easy. Plus it folds up when not in use and I can also hang a pfd or three on it as well.
what about just sliding them on top of the upside down canoe seats while canoe is hanging in garage? Anything damaging about that?
Its not elegant but I use a adjustable broom rack to hold mine.Works good though.
I drilled two 3/4" holes for dowels in the top plate of the wall in the garage, spaced for the handle to slide in and about 16" long. It holds all eight paddles with room to spare. The double blades are in the rafters.
Nooses around their necks. Just use paracord so that the weight of the paddle is not on the blade. The other end of the paracord is tied to of course a good length nail or spike that is imbedded in the shed framing.
Enough height so they hang without touching the floor. Just like they used to out West.
The fancy ones are in the house but never never above a heating vent.
quote KevinL: "You guys have inspired me to do a project this winter. "
Good luck with your project: here are a couple pics of a rack that my father made for our cabin.
Love the biner hooks too... brilliant!
You guys have inspired me to do a project this winter.
Perhaps if I had high dollar paddles I'd take the time and expense to get creative. As it is I store my paddles (too many to count) in a rubbermaid trash can, handle down, blade up.
quote Jackfish: "Campcook... what's the other use?"
I was referring to the paddle as having two uses... the obvious one, and decoration..lol
nothing quite so fancy, homemade rack, paddles held on by a bungee cord.
Campcook... what's the other use?
I have a couple of paddle racks, one home made and one on the porch that was a commercial bought one. Here's the home made rack.
I really like this, it also fits in with the "two uses for everything" theme...lol
Ditto on the nails
i drill holes in the blades and just hang on nails. :)
this seems to work for my paddle.
Two nails in the wall of the garage a couple inches apart. The handle of the paddle lets it hang on the quite nicely.
How does everyone hang their canoe paddles? The 2 canoes are in bunk bed racks in a large metal shed, but we always have trouble hanging and storing paddles. We have 4 bent and 4 regular paddles. Any ideas?