I have a paddle now! This picture shows the end after I roughed out the contours.
Here is a picture showing more of the contours after roughing out.
Here the ends are trimmed and rough sanding has been started. The random orbital sander, loaded with 60 grit, does wonders for smoothing out the planer marks and true-ing up the edges. I still need to thin the tips some more. It's not perfect, but it is all mine. It really is cool to hold something in my hands that I made myself.