Purchased 5 paddles to paint for a fraternity. They were just as expected, the finish was great! Just like with any natural wood, they absorbed a lot of paint. I recommend using a primer first. I wish I had done that. Highly recommend, great quality!! I have already purchased more!
Even though it says it's unfinished wood, it is still good quality. Around the handle needed the tiniest amount of sanding but nothing a small piece of sandpaper couldn't take care of. I was able to create a beautiful paddle for my sorority sister. It's a perfect size and painting it was very easy.