Kind of late in the season, I know, but I promised my #2 son to make him a paddle this year. He outgrew the one I made him early last year, so this one is adult sized. As well, I wanted to make myself another one -- beaver-tail this time. (My first one was an otter-tail shape.)
Here's one being clamped and glued...
Ash shaft, walnut, ash, paduak, and ash (counting out from the center, same on both sides)
And here is the other one being laid out as I'm arranging the strips...
Ash shaft, Cherry, Ash, think piece of padauk, yellowheart, another thin strip of padauk, and then finished off with ash.
It's almost like making a cutting board out of contrasting strips of wood...
(That is referring to the blade, pictured below. The arrangement for the handgrip -- in both paddles -- does not quite match that of the blade. For one thing it is so much smaller that it wouldn't all fit. But I do try and keep from the same assortment of lumber pieces. Usually off-cuts from the pieces I prepare for the blade get used in the grip.)
You could just make them out of one piece of wood, but where is the fun of that? I love sorting and piecing it out and going for visual affect.
Just getting started here. Give me a few weeks and I'll post the finished products.
(I posted more detailed build photos on my website last year, so no need to do that again)
Canoe Paddle 1
Canoe Paddle 2