I carve Greenland paddles as a hobby that has evolved to carving paddles for others. I've responded a couple times to Greenland paddle posts on this site.
I began by using the Holst paddle carving plans, band sawing out blanks and then using a block plane to carve the facets and taper the blades. The block plane is a one-handed tool that is pretty tough on my hand for as much time as it takes to carve a paddle. I reconditioned an old Stanley-Bailey No.3 plane which is the smallest two-handed plane that fits my hands. I prefer the No.3 over a spoke shave or a draw knife. I use the plane at a severe angle with the iron proud of the sole hog off material in a controlled manner The method I use allows me to deal with wood grain issues and carve accurately to construction lines.
Soon I need to replace my No.3 plane and I'm looking for some input on what others are using. Maybe I can improve my technique or the tool I'm using.