Gosh, I have an old sassafras paddle that's probably 50 years old in the barn. Been thinking of doing something with it myself? You're not planning on coming to MO are you? Where do you live? We have friends coming next month for the Ozark Rendezvous. I will NEVER EVER ship another paddle! Did so last week, and I think Amarillo Jim will verify it's definitely not worth the hassle to ship!
"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain