We prefer to distinguish paddles into categories of Greenland style (GP), Euro blade (EP) and Canoe one bladed paddles (CP). You can find a lot of variations and development on them. The Wing paddle should probably have its own class. In our equipment the main focus is on EP and GP paddles. Basic GP paddles are fairly easy to shape out of wood and reshaped to fit the personal needs and preferences of the paddler. For more heavy use I would recommend to try many different paddles and experiment with paddling techniques and styles.
We handbuild west greenland style paddles for our own use and for customers. Length, diameters, volume, weight and surface could vary. Ours is usually made out of fir, hollow for less weight and still maintaining some volume for boyancy. Making one takes 2-5 days. 5 days is for a good smooth finish.
Please find a sample of our paddles on the video below. One of them was paddled in autumn ice when looking for a jetty walkway that had been disappeared with the storms. Another is a shorter stormpaddle.