This is the paddle I started working on at the WCHA booth at Canoecopia last March... FINALLY nearing completion. Fiberglass is on both sides of the blade, with a heavy glass-fiber wrap around the end. I didn't want this one to look like it had a rope around it. It's a deep-water paddle anyway, so rocks shouldn't be an issue. The shaft is maple, the outer parts (grip and blade) are African Mahogany. The mahogany was a garage-sale special.