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  some dents will "heal"
  Posted by: gstamer on Dec-19-12 11:28 PM (EST)
 

You have to see it to believe it but oil finished (and bare) quarter-sawn WRC paddles do dent easily, but unless the wood fibers are actually cut, even large dents often swell back to normal after letting the paddle soak.

On several occasions I have had GPs with deep dents that "healed" perfectly. Now you can't even tell where the original dent was.

That's another reason I prefer oil and soft finishes on solid WRC GPs.

To facilitate this, I will put a wet rag on the damaged area for a few days.

You can make an unfinished WRC paddle tougher by taking a metal rod and "burnishing the surface". Pro baseball players used to do the same thing to their wood bats with a piece of smooth bone to harden the surface.

Greg Stamer

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