Well paddledog’s lanyards made me think about paddle decoration. I like having a personal touch on some of my favorite paddles and back when I did nothing but work and paddle I used to bring 2 paddles a week to a local artist in Ann Arbor.
The snake she did really surprised me since it was so different than her other work. That straight shaft Zav is now retired since it suffered a bit from being slammed in a car door. The grey owl freestyle is somewhat unique in that grey owl made the blade thinner and lighter for me at my request. Then I damaged it on rocks driving upstream and eventually had the tip reshaped and reinforced with carbon fiber by Ron Sell at Unadilla Boatworks. The wood burned turtle is on a bending branches beavertail that I completely stripped of varnish and also successfully shortened. The “mean fish” is on a Black Bart bent shaft which is no longer available since Black Bart passed away.