Thanks for all the replies.
Ted: I understand, and certainly wouldn't attempt paired Kata left handed. I'm not trying to become a left handed swordsman, just a balanced aikidoka.
Charles, thanks for the information that really helps. Maybe I'm not totally off base after all.
Joe, Peter: Yes, I agree. The more I come to understand the bokken, the more I see it in the empty hand techniques, and the more I understand when the techniques are demonstrated. I least it works that way for me.