while waiting for paint er, uh filler to dry I decided to make some paddles. So I visited the wood miser sawyer. He uses cottonwood to make paddles. I worked some cottonwood recently and it had a nice grain and not too heavy. I may try it. Also I picked up some suspected sassafrass and look forward to trying it. But what I really liked was the Butternut. Beatiful grain. He referred to it as poor man's walnut. I think it is between ash and walnut. I have roughed out two blanks. It works like ash or cherry. Anyone use butternut? Maybe worth a try.