I just picked up a whole mess of veneer sheets at woodcraft today, and have basswood and ash in the basement, So I think I am going to crank out some more raft paddles. I am trying to work up the best diameter for the t-grip, and was wondering what all the masses like. Is the ubiquitous Carlisle just right? wish it was fatter? thinner? wider? I am thinking around 1 1/4 to 1 3/8 is a sweet spot and about 4-5 inches wide, but, I would love to hear what others think.