I used a piece of 3/16" luan as a sacrificial board and used double face tape to attach 3/4" maple to the luan.
I carved the name in the handle first using a 1/4" 60 degree V-bit . Obviously a name is optional.
I carved the paddle and the “chalkboard” cutout with a 1/8 double fluted straight bit.
The “Chalkboard” is made with chalkboard paint.