Solid Walnut Mash Paddle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-09-2012 11:35 AM 2905 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Mash Paddle that was ordered from a wonderful customer living in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She ordered it because she wanted a great present for her Husband – that’s the best project I can make because it makes at least three people happy if I do a good job; Me, Her and her Husband! :-)

This is the first paddle I’ve made that is Solid Walnut and I love the way this turned out – very dark and luscious. Almost like a bar of chocolate.

After shaping and sanding, I used my scrollsaw to do the Hops Flower designs in the paddle end as well as the lettering in the handle.

The paddle measures around 44 inches long and is 3 1/2 inches wide at the paddle end. It’s around an inch thick.

The finish of choice for a Paddle like this is a coat of food-grade mineral oil.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 11:39 AM

Beautiful Bob! It is a work of art for sure! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 11:50 AM

Those are sure looking good.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 01:38 AM

Very nice and the carving is excellent not cut with a pattern and each flower just a little different.

-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 01:40 AM

Super sweet!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 06-10-2012 04:33 AM


You are very observant! I do cut each flower just a tad smaller as they go towards the tip of the paddle – I think it looks better that way.



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#6 posted 06-11-2012 03:29 PM

The walnut looks great as well as your work, but what is a Mash Paddle?

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 04:19 PM


A mash paddle is used by beer makers to stir the grains, hops, etc…. during the brew cycle.

The holes placed in the paddle are there so any clumps get broken up while stirring.

Hope this answers your question!



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#8 posted 08-17-2012 09:51 PM

That’s a nice mash paddle! Do you still make them and can I order one from you?

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