The Bending Branches Loon Paddle is a wood canoe paddle for the beginner. When you're starting out you've probably just spent a whole bunch on a new canoe, so don't feel like you have to break the bank on a paddle right away. Especially when you're not quite sure how to properly navigate rock-infested waters. The paddle itself is nice and lightweight, while remaining durable thanks to the solid basswood shaft and combination basswood/maple blade. The straight shaft and classic grip fit nice in the hands and help gain the skills a beginner paddler needs. A caramel partial rockgard is found at the blade edge, protecting the wood from damage every time you find yourself pushing off the rocky shores your boat got stuck upon.