Seems there's as many different ways to carve as their are varieties of GPs and GP-paddlers.
I used what I had at hand. Carved with a knife and sanded from there. I do have a dremel, and it never occurred to me to put the rotary drum sander on it and use that. I have rasps, too, but elected not to use them because I didn't think I could use them well on the soft cedar.
I was carving two paddles, one western red cedar, the other northern white cedar. The white had some knots, was built up by laminating 4 strips of roughly 1-inch board and sadly ended up with a knot right where the loom meets the shoulder. The knot has a split running across the grain. I was optimistic that I'd carve to the bottom of the split and end up with solid material, but the split was deeper than I had hoped. So it is like a 3/8" deep cut across a quarter width of the loom. I'm torn between keeping going with it and trying to fill the gap with epoxy and just giving it up as a lost cause. I suspect is is a lost cause, and I suspect I will try to fill it anyway. I'm bad at poker--don't know when to fold 'em!
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