Here’s a question for all you experienced paddler carvers and woodworkers:
A couple of days ago I inherited a beautiful red cedar 2x4 that had spent 40 years holding up someone’s ceiling. The only problem: several nail-holes.
I carved a GP blank, avoiding most of the nail-holes, but two holes still remain. Now that I have beveled the blank, these holes are still there in the narrow edge, just outside the loom, probably about 1/4" in depth.
I can think of three options at this point. Please add/comment as you see fit:
- Leave them and saturate them with extra tung oil when I do the finishing.
- File them out, making gouges in the paddle.
- Fill them with epoxy or some similar stuff.
Any suggestions? Thanks very much in advance.