Exquisite Folk Art Paddle Maker, Kent Lund, has sent in some pics of his latest works made from Poplar and Curly Maple.
I'm partial to one on the left, which features a romantic, heart shaped grip and cute message painted right below. The blade has a wonderful woodsy look with a birchbark face.
For more pics of Kent's creations, be sure to also check out his updated website, http://www.customcanoepaddle.com/
P.S. Another fellow paddle maker, Clarkson of Up the Creek... blog has also made a similar woodsy beavertail paddle by painting a faux birchbark look on the shaft rather than the blade. All this amazing creativity will hopefully give other readers some inspiration for their own work.