|Five soon to be blanks|
I ended up buying this book :
Once you have a design all you need is a nice piece of wood, a pencil, a straight edge and something to cut it with.
I ended up buying a cheaper band saw from Canadian Tire and it didn't make it through the first cut of Ash. When I took it back the would not refund my money and did not have anything in stock to switch it with. After a lot of complaining they refunded my money. Home Depot has a much better return policy so I got a band saw there, and I haven't had an issue yet .
I would however would have bought a bigger used saw, rather then a small new one.
I found a nice place called Exotic woods in Burlington (lots of looking) that sells tons of different types of woods, finishing products and an extremely knowledgeable staff.
I picked up a walnut piece, two ash pieces and two poplar pieces. Place is a bit of a drive so I got a few different types.
After planing the blade, shaping the shaft (kept it a bit more square for a different feel and I love it) and shaped the grip and then it was onto the finish and art.
|Note the dark handle before sanding|
The product I found said it would do that but I did not use pre-stain so it didn't work. So instead I sanded the whole paddle down and tried to keep the wood grain blue. It was a longer process but it looks awesome.
I finished it off with a few coats of Polyurethane. I tried it out this spring and again I wish I had have taken more off the blade. I still may do that but I have too many paddles on the go at this moment.
|Blade close up|
|Finished paddle, it looks black but its actually a nice Blue|