Others may have had this experience...
Carve the first for yourself and have it critiqued by an experienced Greenland paddler. Carve a second with improvements and then a storm paddle. Carve a third from a laminated blank. Carve one for your paddle buddy and his wife, then for the local pro shop owner, his manager and the instructor you take lessons from. Members of the local paddle club ask about your paddles and commission you to carve them custom paddles. The local pro shop owner suggests carving a few to display and sell in his shop.
My new hobby is carving Greenland paddles for others. It's not really profitable but enjoyable.
Canoe Pack Liner
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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