I'm planning to make myself a paddle per the instructions in The New Kayak Shop. I'm starting the shaft by gluing up a blank one and 0.25" x 1.25" out of three quarter-inch thick vertical grain fir. My question is how do I want the grain oriented to give the shaft maximum bending
strength in the direction that it will be stressed during paddling? Do I want the alternating color bands of grain to be oriented parallel to the bending force or perpendicular to the bending force? Or am I just overthinking it?