This time I learned:
- Using small finishing nails to align the blade while gluing helps a great deal to keep the pieces of wood from slipping around
- Had to sharpen the plane often while working with the lacewood
- Careful preparation of the lumbar in the beginning saves a lot of time later on when trying to work out a bend in the wood half way through the carving process
- Handles that clamp to the ends of a strip of sandpaper keep fingers from getting shredded
- A short piece of 1x2" with a notch cut into it works well for clamping down the rounded shaft of a paddle.
The blade is half rough cut out, I'll go over it with a plane, rasp and sanding block to true up all edges.
The grip is roughed out, I usually leave the shaft for the end. Leaving it square provides a convenient way to clamp the paddle to the work surface.