Anyone carve Aleution style paddles?

I have made one that is Ok, but just. The spine on the non-power face is difficult to make esp. on Western Red Cedar.
Any carving tips are appreciated. I’ve read many articles but most just say it is difficult.
Any tips you can share?

Tom Froese
http://www.tandjpaddles.com/Home_Page.html

Chris Rabb
http://www.tuktupaddles.com/aleutian_paddles.html

I want to make one, not buy it.

I didn’t know what an Aleutian paddle was, so I Googled it. I now know what it is and while wandering around cyberspace, found a number of links about carving them. Maybe you’ve already read these two, but maybe not:

http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/cbrown/pdlemk.htm

http://paddlemaking.blogspot.com/2008/04/aleut-kayak-paddle-part-1.html

I have one made by an former p netter
I believe he used Sitka Spruce at least for the spline

I made one from Western Red cedar. Still have to fine tune the loom size. Used two hand planes, one power planer and a jig saw along with much sand paper.

@Rookie said:
I didn’t know what an Aleutian paddle was, so I Googled it. I now know what it is and while wandering around cyberspace, found a number of links about carving them. Maybe you’ve already read these two, but maybe not:

http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/cbrown/pdlemk.htm

http://paddlemaking.blogspot.com/2008/04/aleut-kayak-paddle-part-1.html

Thank you Rookie.

Why Aleutian vs. West Greenland? I’m not qualified to discuss merits of one vs. the other, just curious why you’re interested in the one.

I’ve made three West Greenland style to date using the following as a guide, plus some of my own refinements:
http://www.qajaqusa.org/QK/makegreen2.pdf

I carved one from WRC and it was not hard at all. Tried Sitka Spruce and found that very hard to carve and heavier!

The tool that worked best for me was a Sureform 10" with alternating flat and curved blades.

Paddle works exceedingly well, is very light and very strong, and it captures the attention of other paddlers like you wouldn’t believe. It lives up to its reputation all around.

@Sparky961 said:
Why Aleutian vs. West Greenland? I’m not qualified to discuss merits of one vs. the other, just curious why you’re interested in the one.

I’ve made three West Greenland style to date using the following as a guide, plus some of my own refinements:
http://www.qajaqusa.org/QK/makegreen2.pdf

I have carved several GP. I have only made one Aleut and the guy loves it but wants one with wider blades.

I had an Aleut paddle in my hands for about 10 min a couple of years ago. It had a very different feel than a West Greenland stick. It’s far enough back that I can’t remember exactly what the difference was but there was a strong difference in feel.

Interesting. I’ll make sure to take the opportunity to try one if it ever presents itself.