The paddle finished
Done! The usual treatment - Stockholm Tar, a dash of solvent, another of linseed oil and a little pigment (english red), brushed on with heat from a heat gun and after a while the surplus cleaned off with a piece of cotton cloth. After a few days (in this case the day after - I couldn´t wait getting out paddling again) I apply a thin coat of boiled linseed oil with a cloth, then polish up a dull sheen with fine steel wool. The other paddles, my short spare and the norsaq, were done at the same time.
Treated thus, the paddles last a long time (except when I break them), resist water and get a comfortable feel with the right amount of friction, dry or wet, but without casing blister or wear with heavy use.