The last post showed the blank after having the tapers cut with a band saw to create the crude outline of the blades:
Winding Sticks!The next photo shows just how much had been removed from the blank this far:
Then I put a ply former cut to the shape of the paddle on top of the planed blank and pencil round to give me the plan of the paddle. I have a number of these that I have made over the years and often they can be adjusted to the shape of the paddle I am making. You can see how I will be adding a bit of length to the former used in the previous paddle for the same person, as the loom etc will be the same.
The next post will show how the complex three dimensional shape is put into the stick.