Wood for kayak paddles.

Basswood probably varies depending
on where and how it is grown. Basswood in musical instruments is very stable, very consistent with grain almost invisible. It is relatively soft and carves easily without one having to pay much attention to grain. But as I said elsewhere, that sort of basswood would only serve as a filler in paddles, not for exposed edges or places needing strength.

Cherry varies too. Most is medium weight, good flexibility, can be carved. But I took down an old cherry in our yard, split out the wood, dried it carefully, and had it jointed and planed. That cherry is so hard and stiff that it can’t be used for the usual furniture projects. It is harder than the beech in a plane.