Canoe paddles traditionally have a sock on the lower part of the shaft from just above where your hand goes down to the throat.
C-1 paddles usually get a double sock- but all concentrated in the lowest 8” of the shaft.
For an extra fee of $20 I can wrap a shaft with carbon fiber sock to make the strongest possible shaft without it being heavy.
There is a nice choice of woods for the T-grips. I usually have a nice gold Osage Orange, Chestnut, Walnut, Curly and Burly Maple, Curly Sassafras, and Burly Cherry.
These units are all low maintenance with tough dynel tips and edgings and 2.5 layers of glass on each blade face.
The Lake/Wildwater Paddle is an asymetrical shape designed for maximum catch but a light swing weight feel. Most often rendered with no sock or a small central sock and light duty edging for the lightest possible blade weight. All Black Willow blade construction is recommended for the optimal strength to weight ratio. This is also a great shape for Wildwater Racing too, of course. Pictured on the left here.