I am attempting to make a couple of canoe paddles that match the canoe I made. I'm a little discouraged, and don't really know what to ask other then, is this going to work? The canoe I made is constructed from sassafras, red cedar, cherry and black walnut. The woods are a little on the heavy side, so I don't expect an ultra light paddle. The shaft roughed in at 1 and 3/16 square. Mine was going to be 61 inches and my wife's is going to be 57". The rough weight with the grip and shaft, as in the picture, is right at 2lbs. I was going to make an otter tail paddle, well sort of similar. I am planning on fiberglassing the blade and then oiling the shaft and grip. Am I just creating a door battering ram, or this going to work?