The fully dressed paddle blank
Beginning the planning of the blade edges
One side fully shaved to the outer lines...the remaining wood to the shaded blade edge is shaped with more control with a spokeshave.
1. Begin by shaving the edges on a 45 degree angle to bevel the edge and allow the plane to grip the wood.
2. Then gradually move towards the centre of the blade taking off more shavings with long strokes over the surface of the board to ensure that it is evenly shaped with a cambered surface (i.e. edges slightly thinner than centre)
3. Depending on the grain orientation, sometimes the plane direction may need to be reversed, especially near the shaft of the paddle