I recently bought a Veritas spoke shave (not the large one) but got impatient with how much slower it was than my No.3 plane (I admit I probably didn't try with the spoke shave enough to develop the necessary skills). I'm holding the plane at such an angle that I'm using only a fraction of the sole length, maybe 3" which allows me to follow the changing taper along the blade face.
My paddle blade edges and tips are clad with white ash and I am using a low angle block plane on the rolling taper of the leading edges.
I also react to the toxic WRC dust and have just started using a Mirka 5" electronic random orbital sander with dust collection. The Mirka backup pad smooths the carving marks very nicely but raises the grain of the WRC where there is grain runout.
Thanks again the the input.
The Kayak Wing
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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