While waiting for the stems to take their shapes, I’ve been busy making paddles. Never made them before, they’re quite fun to do. It means you can customize them to fit your personal preferences.
Susan’s has been completed. Made from cherry, it’s what is known as an ottertail shape, wider at the top than the bottom. She checked the grip several times while it was in the making which I refined to ensure it was comfortable in her hand. It’s amazing how many shavings can be spokeshaved off the rough shape to get the blade down to a final slim thickness. It weighed out at under two pounds. Probably could reduce it a bit further but we’ll try it first and see how she goes. More photos below.