I used a jigsaw to rough cut the profile of the blade. Like I said earlier, the blade is based on a Greyowl Paddles, Otter Tail. While this is a nice paddle I wanted to add a bit of a design element so I added a bit of a flare where the blade meets the shaft. It's not very clear in this photo but It's there. To shape and contour the paddle I used a Crooked knife, (a traditional style knife with a bent blade used by the fur traders) and a rasp.