We have been in the shop a bit over these few months. As Christmas presents, I designed and built paddles for my kids. The larger one, for my daughter, is modeled on Cree style. My son’s is Tlingit-ish (I blunted the tip for improved wear and to limit weaponization potential). All in all, I quite happy with them. They are fully varnished – scoff away, purists – and I managed to put a strip of thickened epoxy along the blade tips for wear. Looking forward to getting them out on the water this spring!