Ths is a great feeling, very lightweight all wood paddle -- about 17-19 ounce w/ 9" blade.

This is the paddle I recommend whenever someone wants to shed themselves of the CF hybrid, because they no longer want a molded blade.  The Balsa blade is a bit heavier, maybe an ounce or so for a 9" blade, but if you want a trully handmade blade, or paddle, with a livelier feel, this paddle has that.  

 The blade is a mixture of balsa and red cedar, with red maple banding surrounding the edges, and a phenolic, red maple laminate tip imbedded into powerface.  This is a very pleasant lookingpaddle, with super balance! The shaft is also glassed about 8-9"  up.   The blade is sandwiched between highly finished laminates of epoxied 2 ounce fiberglass.  Subtle reinforcements make this paddle very durable for such a lightweight wood paddle. A 50" blade would weigh about 17 -19 ounces.  Note: the 3rd picture is the backside of a balsa tear shaped paddle w/ 9.5" blade.  The main paddle image has carbon fibre across tip face -- I may or may not due this, depending on how straight the tip line is.   The shaft is laminated from white pine, cedar and tulip, and has a soft flex; it's also glassed from blade up around 8".  

Also,  the aim in building these lighter wood paddles is to try and keep them light.  I reinforce areas that need it with fibreglass.  I understand that some paddlers put more stress on sensitive area, and if you think you might be one of these paddlers, let me know, so I can add reinforcement.

Balsa Ultralite