Next, a question was asked about weight:ZLSeth said:Yes, they have a wood core. But it doesn't stop there. Kevlar, graphite and fiberglass are also used in the construction process.
They can be made with a straight-shaft or a bent-shaft. Of course, most people these days want a bent-shaft paddle.
The cool thing about being a custom paddle company is that there is no such thing as a "stock" paddle. To quote the Woody website: "Remember the word Custom, we make a paddle that fits you and your specific needs...." You get custom shaft length and custom feather. Even the shaft diameter can be customized to fit your hand (within reason). At Woody Custom really means custom. It is not a matter of pre-fabricated pieces being put together. The paddle is made from scratch for you.
Earlier this summer, Wayne was making a custom paddle for EJ's son, Dane Jackson. An eleven year old kid needs more (or less) than just a shorter shaft. When you're that size, a narrower shaft and probably smaller blades are necessary.
On the home page of the Woody website, if you scroll down, there is a description of the construction. There is a picture of a paddle, but you can't tell from the angle, unless you look closely, that it is bent-shaft.
Also for people who have not seen a Woody, they are also a distinctive looking piece of (extremely functional) artwork.
Here is what the owner of Woody has to say about weight:thecraw said:I own both... and USED to be a very big Waterstick fan. Mostly because of the blade shape and power it generated. Two problems develped though... sore shoulders and sore back.
I have since learned that blade shape size is important for a number of reasons and that a larger/power style blade isn't actaully "better". Primarily because of the health issues that developed (mentioned above).
To answer your questions gh... you are going to have a hard time finding a paddle lighter than the Waterstick Zen.. no argument there. But you probably can't find one with more issues either, besides the Seven 2...
Woody's are VERY light considering their materials and most important... they really leave you with a sense of confidence of "if this paddle breaks I more than likely am in a situation in which I will have a lot more to be worried about then buying another!!!"
They are well balanced, super strong, and true works of art.
The web address for Woody is http://www.woodycustompaddles.comthe weight difference is so minimal and nobody has mentioned it after they have gone paddling, it seems that the strength issue far out weighs that, I like to tell people that if they are serious about paddling we are serious about our product, from performance, strength, comfort and weight, just take a look at our growing team of professional paddlers joining the team, we make our paddles by hand so we can monitor every stage, waterstick,AT, seven2,werner,etc ,are all machine made, so they cannot do anything differently