Bamboo paddles such as this are commonly used to alter wheel-thrown forms once they are leather hard. Paddles are often used in handbuilding, as well, and allow one to create even walls and to better shape rectangular forms. Paddling involves the gentle patting of a leather hard pot with a flattened wooden tool (the paddle). In addition to shaping, paddling also aids in compression of clay at the pots surface, which adds strength and stability to the piece. 11.5" long.