This paddle is my most 'nerdy' toy ! It explores how different wood thickness provides different sensations: the thin end is for sting while the thick end is for thud. And given that the thickness progressively increases from 1/4" to 1" over a 27-1/2" length, this paddle provides the whole 'scale' of sensations. I warned you, I was being geeky the day I created this one !
Please note that I specifically selected Ash (a North American hardwood) for this paddle because it can withstand remarkably high shock loads when subjected to perpendicular impacts.