I band saw the shoulders as in the Holtz paddle carving instructions so there isn't much more I need to do on the shoulders other than what I do with my block plane and then 120 grit and 220 grit paper in a random orbital sander. The shoulder length on my paddles are typically 2" or less.
The bodies of my paddles are WRC which is a homogeneous material and probably easier to shape than a laminated paddle blank. I do use a rasp for some finish shaping.
I carve paddles for customers so I got my preferred technique down well. I'll say that a well tuned band saw to rough out the paddle blank to carefully drawn construction lines is key for me and then I precisely plane the blades to exact thickness and overall size before drawing construction lines for carving. I carve blade facets with a Stanley No. 3. I carve the rolling bevels of the blade edges, rough out the loom oval and shoulders with a low angle block plane.
Hope this helps.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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