My older brother loves water sports. Lately he has taken up SUP (standup paddleboarding) because it is easier on old geezers like himself. I say that with the greatest respect….I hope I can be half as active as he is when I’m 60+. It is basically a very large surf board with a paddle and (you gueesed it) you stand up the whole time. It’s great exercise, easier to catch waves and if no waves…just fun to paddle. If you are interested my brother has a great blog for beginners. http://www.ponohouse.com/ponoblog/?p=158
Here is a picture of the great Laird Hamilton making it look easy on a crazy wave in howling Kona winds at Hookipa Beach, Maui. Photo courtesy of MauiSurf/windsurf forecast, Giampaolo Cammarota
Anyway…back to woodworking.. I decided to make my brother and myself paddles when we started discussing the sport. I’m thinking of taking it up as exercise to try and help my balance problems. A frequent visitor of his blog has similar problems and seems to be able to do it. It certainly helps the core muscles. I’m surprised how quickly its going together. I had a small window of shop time this weekend and got a lot done. I need to get them done by labor day since we’ll be getting together at his race in Lime Rock, CT that weekend.
Bent laminations…I used West Systems epoxy.
I still need to put a 1/4” mahogany edge on the blade and then taper the blade. The blade will be fiberglassed as well as 1/2 the shaft. I should be able to finish the 1st one this coming weekend. I can’t wait for him to see it. I just hope it performs as good as its going to look.
-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org