Save the Children Standup Surf Paddle - final

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 12-09-2007 05:38 AM 1572 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Save the Children paddle will add $325 to the LJ fundraiser. The buyer bid just 202.50 on eBay but he and I had talked previously and he agreed to not only meet a $300 dollor reserve which somehow got left off eBay but also to include the shipping charge that he would have paid since I’ll be delivering it personally (he’s local strangely enough). He lives north of Boston so it won’t be frequent but it we hope to hook up for a standup session together as well when I deliver the paddle. We’re also talking about a charity fundraiser paddle across Cape Cod Bay for next summer.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate Martin. This one pushed me to try out wood burning which I really enjoyed and found what seems to be a new skill to hone. Now I’m thinking of starting a small side business since a number of people have been requesting paddles from all the publicity. It also may create a new friendship which would be the most valuable benefit.

I still have to shake my head in amazement when I consider the things that LJ has brought into my life. It’s an honor to be part of this community.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 12-09-2007 05:44 AM

Bob -

Congratulations! Cool project and an awesome story.



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#2 posted 12-09-2007 06:40 AM

That is just great, Bob. My hats off to you for pushing your limits and making a new friend at the same time. The Cape Cod fundraiser sounds like fun. Best of luck if you decide to go for it with your paddle business!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 12-09-2007 06:44 AM

Great Job Bob. Congratulations.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-09-2007 11:29 AM

Bob, you pushed yourself, learned new skills and benefited some needy people. Good for you.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 12-09-2007 11:34 AM

Congratulations!! – and we can’t forget the other real winner: the children in need.
On behalf of them, “thank you for the donation and taking the time to arrange the fundraiser for the paddle”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-09-2007 01:26 PM

Congratulations, Bob. I can only encourage you to continue to push the envelope with these skills. It’s obvious to me that you have great latent talent in the wood burning department as well as the skills of the paddle maker. The children were blessed this time but you will be blessed for a long time to come. Great job!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-09-2007 01:53 PM

Congrats Bob….Those are awesome looking paddles you’re making!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Bob Babcock

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#8 posted 12-12-2007 05:56 AM

My brother was a little upset with himself. He had a business dinner or would have been bidding. I should have included a buy it now price in hindsite. I’m happy with the price but it might have gone for a bit more.

I hope we can build on this fundraiser next year. A great cause. We are all so fortunate.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 12-12-2007 08:39 AM

Thanks for kind words Bob and congrats to great project.. and small side business? Go for it.
Same fundraiser next year? I hope so – depends on the popularity of this one – not much activity so far but I still believe ;)

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 12-12-2007 06:04 PM

Well deserved praise Martin.

I know the response to this one has been somewhat underwhelming. I think it caught people by surprise a little and some folks no doubt are giving elsewhere…I know I don’t give to every charity that asks. I’d NEED charity if I did. Maybe a longer lead time…continual reminders that we will be doing something over the holiday season next year? It would be nice to get 5-10% participating.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 12-12-2007 06:08 PM

Great Job Bob, congrats on getting it done and sold! Thanks for setting a fine example for the rest of us.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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