Whether the paddle is 8 inches long or 50, most of the same techniques are used to create it. A most enjoyable experience, this paddle is the first full sized that I’ve made. It is born of black cherry and inspired by Bruce Smith (brucesmithpaddles.com)
The final few shavings drifted off into Devil’s Lake, SK in August of 2018. It was meant for the water and so rightly finished alongside it.
The butt of the handle was all finished by knife after the initial jigsaw work. It came down from almost 2″ of hardwood. Yes, this hurt. I don’t know what I was thinking. I left some knife marks to remember this effort every time I grab it.