Dredging up an old article, but I don't think I'm catching this phrase correctly...
"...[T]he grip on both the Beaver Tail and Otter Tail designs should be oval in shape and tapered slightly from the throat (where the blade reaches the shaft) to the grip. This makes the paddle far more comfortable and maximizes its strength than if had a rounded top. Just make sure that the long axis of the oval is perpendicular to the plane of the blade. If it's opposite to that, then the shaft will be very weak and most likely the paddle will break."
When you say "grip", do you mean shaft or handle? Or only part of the shaft? My gut says you mean where you'd grip the paddle on the shaft with the lower hand, but It doesn't make sense to me to make a multi-shaped shaft. Maybe drawings would be key to understanding this?
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