Welcome to Gillespie Paddles,  builder of handmade wooden and hybrid Outrigger canoe -- and touring paddles.  

Balsa Ultralites

This is the place to come to when you want hands-on paddlebuilding! Plus I am the one taking phone calls and answering emails. (if for some reason you email me and I don't respond, it got spammed, so try again and put '[paddle' in subject, or call). I am it -- there aren't any machines cloning blades and shafts here; it is all done with my hands -- using small machinery, like sanders and routers. I love shaping wood, and since what I am shaping has to fit into the water as well as your hands, it feels sorta like magic!

I'm a hands on builder; I don't farm out my work -- I frankly like doing it too much. Wood paddles that are made by hand have a lot to offer that cloned, composite, carbon fibre, hybrids just cannot have -- the feeling of having been made and shaped by hand.

I have been doing this a long time. I got started when I raced flatwater canoes, sortof awhile back! -- I still paddle a lot, so I am continually using my own paddles. I am the original builder of the double angle. 

Ask about club and highschool discounts--- And, I do sell paddles in NZ, with club and team discounts, as well as discounts on some paddles ---

 I do make double angles; I make them for pretty  much any design paddle on my site -- and I also make a lot of special custom paddles>  contact me with any questions>


    Gillespie Carbonfibre hybrids..$220  group discounts avail.... Approx 17 ounces   very light, very durable--- check out the hybrid link    



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