Just got signed up here. Been looking around for a couple of days and realized that I needed to be here. Lots of really talented folks doing fine work. I live in Ville Platte,LA. Just a plain ole fella from the woods. I do the normal hunt, fish, etc. I train labs for duck hunting and collect duck calls. I work offshore for BP. I spend my 14 days home trying to kill anything I can cook. When I'm not in the woods, I make paracord stuff, like dog leashes, gun slings, just about anything. I also do "stippling" work on polymer guns, which lead me to try it on wood. My first victim was an old cheap paddle I've had for I don't know how many years. Sanded it down and started burning wood. Then I needed something else to burn, so I went in the shop and shaped out my first paddle from a 1 x 8 piece of pine I had. Got it burned but didn't have time to stain it before I had to come back to work. Plan on buying me some cypress on my way home and making some more paddles. Don't know much about it all yet, but looks like I have a lot of reading to do to get educated on different paddle designs and techniques. Looking forward to learning from ya'll. Thanks for having me as a member.