To me, the perfect paddle is both functional and aesthetically appealing. It will draw you in like a sculpture in a gallery. When you pick it up it will feel like it was made to fit your hand and you won’t want to put it down. And of course it will leave a memorable impression upon those at the end of its swing.
Each of my wooden paddles is designed individually and is unique. They vary in shape, size, design, added detail, and of course wood choices. I do not use templates or plans when creating each piece, nor have I ever sought to make two the same. Rather I work from scratch on every creation, sketching designs directly onto the wood before starting work with a saw, followed by any number of other woodworking tools.