A menagerie of Mash Paddles

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Project by KnotCurser posted 736 days ago 5355 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I was contacted once again by Hopunion LLC out of Yakima, Washington to see if I was willing to work with them in creating 10 very custom Mash Paddles.

These paddles will be presented to the respective breweries as they visit Hopunion in the next couple of months.

Working with this business was a complete pleasure – the person I worked with is the most friendly and easy-going individual and she put her trust in me to create these paddles. Thanks Melody!

So, what you see here are a mix of walnut and cherry – they all stand roughly 42 inches high and average an inch thick. The carving on the handles and the company logos were accomplished with my CNC Router (after a TON of experimenting and testing!) as well as hand carving the detailed stuff. The two hops flowers in the paddle area were hand cut with the scrollsaw.

Overall, I would say about a month of work went into these – not full time, but a few hours per day.

This is a project where I think both the more traditional tools are complimented by the computer controlled stuff.

All in all, I used the following tools on these:

Oscillating Sander
Drill Press
Belt Sander
Scroll Saw
Dremel Carver
CNC Router
A mess of hand tools
Oh yeah – and a custom made dip tank to efficiently treat them with mineral oil!

BTW, the logos are trademarked/copyrighted, etc…... I had permission to use them….... enough said. :-)

Would I do this again – ABSOLUTELY! :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 736 days ago

Could you post a close-up of the hop flower? Is it inlaid? These are wonderful and I am sure the visitors to your client will be thrilled. The logos look terrific.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 736 days ago

Bob, these look great. The logos are fantastic. A nice variety of woods too.

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

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#3 posted 736 days ago

Neat looking paddles. Are they for canoeing?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 736 days ago

So, to answer a few questions…...

The hop flowers are cut all the way through the paddle.

A Mash Paddle is used to stir “young” beer when grain is added to the hot water. You must have holes in the paddle to make it easier to stir (not as much resistance to the water that way).

These paddles will probably NEVER be used to actually stir beer, but they certainly could be used if someone desired to. Even the treatment is food safe. These paddles are more for show than utilitarian.

I do make quite a few paddles that get used as they are intended a bunch – one I made over a year ago and after all the hot water and work it still looks perfect. :-)

Hope this answers everyone’s queries!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 736 days ago

Very kool. I guess you’ll never be up the creek without one o these.. :)

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

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#6 posted 736 days ago

Good job Paul.
And a nice run of paddles.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 735 days ago

Too cool. I do love the mix of all kinds of tools. Very nice to know that something you made over a year ago is still in good working order and looking good too.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 678 days ago

Great work…and some really good brewing companies you have listed there. You should have worked in some samples!!

-- "(...) The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confronts him(...)"

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