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That spanking rod was to die for!
Agree---the spanking rod was incredibly pretty.
That said, they were right when they said you could hire your own artisans for that much. I know a paddle guy, (well, only over the internet) who made me this paddle, where the wood is just as pretty, and there's more of it, I'm pretty sure
which he lists on his website for $40 (google Bullmoose paddles) . Only mine was later than he originally told me (not that I minded! It's gorgeous!) so he gave me a huge discount.
So... just pay an artisan piecework and... I don't know... ask ToyTimeTim to make you the handle out of steel. Save like $2000.