Rounding the Shaft

After marking an octagonal pattern on the shaft, I removed the four edges with a spokeshave to make the shaft octagonal. I discovered that working with a shaving horse provided a good way to hold the paddle while shaping the shaft and also the blade and grip. The eight sides were then removed to create a sixteen-sided shaft. Sanding the 16-sides shaft removed the edges. The shaft was oval at the throat (1 1/4″ X 1 1/16″) and tapered to a round 1 1/16″ shaft at the grip. Rounded shaft showing the walnut, basswood and ash laminates.