|Project by KnotCurser||posted 03-30-2015 07:45 PM||1053 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This was a paddle I made for a customer back in January of this year.
She wanted something that had a lot of wild grain, plus it needed to be darker in color and stand up well to the damp environment that these paddles must endure.
I searched around in my local hardwood store until I saw two pieces of Red Elm in the corner – he had them marked down to under two dollars a foot. I looked them up on my phone and found out that they are in the Ash family and are noted for how dense they are as well as holding up even in a marine environment.
They also had no toxicity listed – something you have to look for if you are making Mash Paddles ;-)
I bought them and created what you see here.
The paddle is designed for a craft brewer and is around 55 inches long and a solid inch thick.
The carving in the face of the paddle is the logo of the beer brewing group her boyfriend belongs to.
I really like the way this paddle wound up – very rich with a lot of character in the grain.
All Carving was done with my CNC Router – the Hops were cut out of the paddle area with my scroll saw.
Finish is a soaking in 100% food grade mineral oil.
The customer was very pleased with the paddle, btw.
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