Thanks for your comments. I see your point about tradition, Tim. I posses the same philosophy on many levels. I'm guessing laminated handles were not made way back when because of adhesive technology. Wood was manipulated historically, however (steam bending, etc).
If anyone knows that particular TF issue Jim refers to, I'd be interested to see the article.
Here's a few pics of my homemade laminated canoe paddles, the shafts of which I've found are considerably stronger than solid varieties-- see the repaired solid shaft paddle on the right.
The one on the left is mahogany and spruce. The other is maple, cherry and spruce, w/ a walnut tip...