The original “Fish Whisperer Paddle” was made out of an ash board about 4 inches wide and 66 inches long.
You could see hatcher marks on the handle and the blade was tapered with a drawing knife.
It was in my friend’s boat as long as I can remember.
When he died in 2006, I remembered that paddle. To honor him and his memory, I made 6 paddles.
One for his widow
One for his brother
Three for his other friends
One I kept for myself
About a year ago, I decided to start making paddles again for fun and profit. I started with high grade, kiln-dried ash and I make all the paddles by hand.
The major change from how my friend made them is that I widened the blade so that I could etch a picture on it.
Now, I am making some paddles out of oak, poplar and basswood, these are for decorative use only.
All the paddles are stained and finished with 2 coats of polyurethane.