This one is quite old and seems to be maple. Somebody stained it brown along the way. I got about half of it off, but haven't attacked it aggressively yet. I did put a couple coats of varnish on it for the time being a few years ago, so that I could use it. Length is 66", maximum blade width about 6.5". The long grip, up top, has a bit of a bulb at the top end, but is mostly carved into eight flat panels with the corners eased a bit. As you get to the bottom of the grip, the panels have tapered and come together forming an octagonal cross-section (like 8-siding a spar). The top of the shaft, where it meets the 8-siding of the grip, is 1" diameter and perfectly round. It stays that width all the way to the blade, but gradually ovals in thickness as you approach the lower grip/throat area where it is 1" wide by 1.25" thick and distinctly very oval, not just a cylinder that's been made wider in one direction. On the top half of the blade, the oval of the shaft morphs into a V-shaped ridge down the middle of the blade which then tapers out. The lower half of the blade has a nearly flat face which has been thinned out to 3/16"-1/4" with a bit of a bulb thickening-up the tip for rock bashing (heaven forbid). This paddle is light, balances perfectly on your lower hand and the shaping is very precisely done. It's an absolute joy to use. I don't know what person or what machine built it, but it's very well carved. Any ideas about it's origin? Anybody got a big pantograph machine so that we can make more of them just like it?