Since I couldn't paddle today, I built a paddle. Well I started yesterday so actually I finished a paddle today. I have been saving this nasty piece of wood for a while now. I think it is old grown Western Red Cedar but I am not sure. It also looks a lot like mahogany but I don't think so. Doesn't look like much does it? It was one of two diving boards on a boat house I salvaged. Under all the dirt and weathering is a beautiful grain and along side is some samples I was considering. I cut it up and then glued it up and let it dry overnight. Saw it to rough shape and start working it hand planes, spoke shave and rasps.