Girls and women generally require shorter paddles than men, as they do

not have the same reach of arm, and you can take your choice of lengths.

For the stern the paddle should be longer than for the bow. Paddles are

made of red oak, maple, ash, spruce, and cherry. Some authorities prefer

spruce for ordinary usage, but in rough water and in shooting rapids a

harder wood is best. The weak part of a paddle is where the blade joins

the handle, and this part should not be too slender. If you use spruce

paddles keep them smooth by trimming away all roughness and keep them

well shellacked, else they may become water-soaked. Paddles range in

price from one dollar and fifty cents to three dollars.