Light, Strong, Beautiful Custom-Built Kevlar Canoes


I am very pleased to carry the full line of Bending Branches premium canoe paddles.  These are among the highest quality canoe paddles available.  Like our canoes, you pick the paddle you want… the perfect fit for your size, paddling style and canoe.  You are not limited to the few models that may be in stock at typical retailers.

Feel free to contact me for paddle recommendations, I can help you quickly select the right paddle for you.

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How to Choose Canoe Paddles

Simply select model and size:

Size: To learn how to select the correct length paddle for you, click here.


  • Conventional Straight Shaft—Arrow
  • Bent Shaft—BB special, Java 11, Cruiser Plus 11
  • Lightweight—Java or Sunburst
  • XL Paddle Blade– Explorer Plus, Cruiser Plus 11 or Java

All of the paddles listed on the order form are premium quality, high performance paddles with comfortable handles, excellent craftsmanship, low weight, and Rockgard protection.

Performance Series paddles (Arrow, Explorer Plus, BB Special, Cruiser Plus) offer excellent performance, comfortable grips, respectable weight and enhanced durability.

Premium Series paddles (Java, Sunburst) feature excellent performance, beautiful wood laminations and are lighter than the performance paddles.

Straight Shaft paddles offer great all-around performance.

Bent Shaft paddles offer a more efficient and powerful paddle stroke, but can make maneuvering and turning more difficult. Typically you will need a bent shaft paddle about 4” shorter than your preferred straight shaft paddle length

XL Paddle Blade makes for a more powerful and efficient paddle stroke, but can be more work to use.

Impression—this is a canoe paddle for solo paddlers who want to paddle their canoe kayak-style, with a two bladed paddle. Makes the canoe faster, and easier to control in cruising mode (a bit harder to control in tight spaces.)  Most kayak paddles are too short to paddle a solo canoe. The Impression is specifically designed for canoes, and is therefore long enough to work well from a center-seat canoe (Can even be used by both paddlers in a tandem canoe).

58″ and 56″ are the most popular sizes for straight paddles.

54″ is the most popular size for bent paddles.

280 cm is the solo paddle for the Leo 17, and the 260 cm is the solo paddle for the Columba (Either work for the Cygnus).

Model Lengths* Blade Size Weight Configuration
Arrow 52”-62” 7.3”x20” 23 oz Straight
Explorer Plus 52”-60” 8”x20” 23 oz Straight
Java 52”-60” 8”x20” 18 oz Straight
Sunburst 52”-60” 7.9”x17” 15 oz Straight
BB Special 48”-56” 8”x20” 22 oz Bent
Cruiser Plus 48”-54” 8.5”x20” 23 oz Bent
Java 11 48”-54” 8”x20” 18 oz Bent
Sunburst 11 48”-54” 7.9”x17” 15 oz Bent
Impression 260, 280 cm 6.8”x19” 44 oz 2-Blade Solo

Paddles are available in EVEN numbered lengths, within the range provided.

To order paddles, just contact me with paddle model name, length, and shipping address.


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