A VERY special Mash Paddle!

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Project by KnotCurser posted 12-11-2011 12:54 AM 9620 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, where to begin…............. Around two months ago I made a Mash Paddle for a good friend of mine after he won a fairly large Amateur Beer Brewer’s Competition.

He happened to be showing it off at a local beer brewing event in Baltimore, MD to a bunch of his friends and who should happen by to take a look at it? Sam Calagione, the founder and President of Dogfish Head Beer located in Milton, Delaware – MY Favorite Beer! Sam was also the star of Discovery Channel’s Prime Time Series “BrewMasters

A minor miracle happened when Sam contacted me for a custom Mash Paddle – one big enough to stir a 7BBL Mash Tun – that’s around 260 GALLONS (980 Liters) of beer!!!!! He wanted it to use on a weekly basis in the test brewery he has on display in his restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

While my standard, home-brewer’s paddles stand around 36 inches high, this one is 55 inches. I also obtained permission to cut the DogFish Head Logo into the face of the paddle. It is made of 1 1/4” solid Cherry with a walnut detail in the handle.

I used a bandsaw and sander to shape the paddle itself and a scrollsaw to (very slowly) cut the images into the thick cherry. Finish was a single coat of food-safe mineral oil as they will be boiling it prior to actual use.

The paddle was finished a few weeks ago, but I was asked to wait until yesterday, when Beer Advocate Magazine held an event at the restaurant and Sam wanted to show off the paddle to everyone at the party as well as the entire restaurant!

Besides having a FANTASTIC evening with Sam and his family, Beer Advocate’s owners and staff and two good friends who were with us, Sam also set me up with three large bottles of his finest beer, two other pints from other breweries, a hat and a tote bag.

Pic one: Sam (holding the paddle), Me in the middle and the owner of Beer Advocate Magazine.
Pic two: Sam showing off the paddle and reading my business card to the entire place.
Pic Three: My paddle already being used in the brewery
Pic Four: Closeup of the paddle
Pic Five: Beer Score!!!!!

Enjoy – I know I did! :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 02:19 AM

Sweet. Good on you.
You deserve it man. What a fine story.
Nice paddle too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 02:22 AM

Absolutely fabulous mate… good onya..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 02:34 AM

Very cool Bob

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 02:53 AM

Congrats Bob on a job well done. I always thought you would hit big time status.
Looks like you are on the path. Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 03:19 AM

oh yes.. I’ll raise a tall Guinness to your success

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 03:43 AM

That’s a grand paddle, and a grander story.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 04:15 AM

How cool is that? I love the BrewMasters show too. That is super cool that you got to do all that.
I’m so proud of my Lumber Jocks buddy! Sweet!

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 05:34 AM

Great paddle- how fitting!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 06:39 AM

Good for you! Very Cool. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 03:37 PM

Very cool paddle and story. Thanks for sharing..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 06:32 PM

Great woodworking, good beer, good friends, man you have it made. Congratulations on you woodworking
and beer, thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 09:13 PM

MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm !

Very nice, and the recognition apears well earned !


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#13 posted 12-11-2011 11:10 PM

Awesome! Cool paddle & story to go with it. AND – a great way to get paid!!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 12-12-2011 10:07 PM

DFH is great beer! I brew beer and haven’t even made myself a mash paddle. I feel so ashamed.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#15 posted 12-18-2011 12:32 AM

Could it POSSIBLY feel any better as a woodworker than to make something that YOU would love to make and to make it for someone who really wants and appreciates it. We’ll each probably only get to do that a handful of times. Savor the moment buddy, happy for you!

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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