John often adds other woods into his laminate paddles for added strength and beauty. Those woods can vary based on customer requests or his own whims. Please note that the paddle weight will increase with the addition of hardwoods.
The preferred finish at GPc is John's own proprietary tung oil based mixture that he mixes in small batches. A tung oil finish is effective, affordable, and offers good protection. It can be re-applied at regular intervals and is easily done by the consumer. The satin sheen of a tung oil finish is preferred as glossy finishes are "slippery when wet".
Stock paddle tips are semi-round and are coated with white tinted epoxy.