It seems like I just can't make enough paddles and straps. My most recent projects are three paddles. I decided to use three 'exotic' woods: Cocobolo, Bocote and Purpleheart (yes another Purpleheart paddle). I decided to make them in an assembly line process which saved some time in the set-up part of the process. I also have obtained a narrower blade for my band saw (1/4 inch instead of 1/2 inch) which allowed me to make much more accurate and smoother cuts.