I started out with some alder and poplar wood scraps that I obtained from a cabinet making shop in Utah. If you ever need wood scraps, just stop by a cabinet or woodworking shop and most likely they'll be glad to give you some of their waste wood. Then I cut them into strips with my friend's table saw, then put them aside for a few years. (I actually had enough strips for two shafts, so I made two attempts at laminating the shaft.) At work earlier this year I was talking to a woodworking subcontractor about my interest in making a cedar strip canoe and since he'd made several strip kayaks, he offered me use of his shop. The strips I'd cut were a little thick, so I called up Chris and went to Bisbee and ran the strips through his awesome machines and ended up with several strips that were all 0.17 inches thick- perfect for stacking 7 of them to get to 1.25 inches- the diameter I wanted for the shaft of the paddle. Basically, that's all laminating is- stacking thin wood strips together and gluing them to get a larger piece of wood. I had part of an old 2 x 10 and I marked out a 15 degree angle about 2 feet up from one end, then cut the small triangle off to make a laminating jig for the shaft. Then I cut numerous 2" holes along it to hold clamps for when I glued the strips together to make the shaft. I did my first go through and learned that I needed to add a few more holes and use more clamps, and use more glue between layers. When in doubt, add more glue because it's easier to glue it then it is to fill in any gaps once the shaft is glued. I have pictures, but couldn't find the memory card, so you'll just have to visualize this part. After learning from the first attempt, the second try was much better and was what I ended up using to make the paddle.
this site that explains it. Ingenious!