Mash Paddle - Prize for NHC 2013

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Project by KnotCurser posted 12-12-2013 07:39 PM 1295 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in May of 2013 I was hired to create a Mash Paddle for HopUnion LLC, based in Yakima, Washington.

This paddle was given as a major prize in the 2013 National Homebrewer Competition. This year’s event took place in Philadelphia, PA, hence the Liberty Bell themed paddle.

The paddle is 44 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide and made from solid, 1 inch thick Walnut.

Carving was done on my CNC router and the emblems in the paddle area were cut using my scroll saw.

As this paddle may actually be used in the making of beer, it is treated in 100% food-grade Mineral Oil.

This is the 2nd year in a row that I have been hired to create such an award for Hop Union LLC. They have also commissioned numerous other paddles for various other reasons.

This paddle wound up almost looking like a bar of chocolate – really pretty!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 09:05 PM

Very nice and congradulations!

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 10:58 PM

Very good when your work gets some well earned recognition.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 02:12 PM

Ditto, very nice, and congrats

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

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 05:25 PM

Wonderful paddle! Gorgeous wood and great design, worthy of such great honor. Congrats!

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