My apprentice wanted a stingy paddle that was thick with ‘big holes’. She came up with several designs before she found one she liked. She also wanted it solid wood that wasn’t too heavy but it had to hurt and potentially leave bruises. We settled on beechwood and after a few ‘in the trash’ here’s what she came up with. The holes are 1″ in diameter and countersunk on both sides. She tells me it has the desired effect.
NOTE – This was the prototype design for the Russian Tutor’s paddle. It’s this size and shape but with foam on one side and exotic wood handles. (http://sensualpaddles.com/product/russian-tutors-paddle/)