My first GP was a laminated Friday Harbor with a combination tung oil and varnish finish. The feel was wonderful, like a baby's bottom with really good grip. But a season of use wore the finish through quickly especially at the tips, so I reluctantly sanded them down and refinished both ends past the loom with straight marine varnish. The combo finish makes the grip really nice on the loom so I left it that way.
My two other wood paddles have varnish on the whole surface and the grip is not as sure. And it sure ain't as purty.
Touring Kayak Paddles
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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