I have always liked making my own tools, not pretty things. But tools, things to be used. Sadly I find that what climbing gear I can make myself don't give me the same satisfaction. And what I have made kinda scares me. But in kayaking, as a affordable solution for a new paddle, I figured I would make a greenland paddle. Inspired by Sarah at TRU i threw myself at the task!
I walked around the house, searching for a 2"x4" found something we had used for scaffolding a long time ago. Full of branches and nail holes, loved it. Although the branches and holes probably gonna make it break at some point I went with it. The thing with making and repairing stuff, is that its personal. You put time and effort into it, taking some pride in the outcome ( If so be; duck taping a jacket ) The paddle works great, and I feel I got the best out of that abused, branchy piece of pine.
Kvist is by the way the Norwegian word for branch or thin stick
living the glamorous life as a guide, with low-to-no rent! And a obsession for the cold