steven's art: handcrafted paddles

My husband Steven started making handcrafted, custom made paddles earlier this year. It was a natural thing actually. He was a white water kayak guy for many, many years and he still loves flat water paddling.

He always tells me that the paddle is your connection to the water. When we moved here, he spent much time with my dad learning woodworking skills he never had before, so he was in perfect alignment for this. I believe his paddle making started with my friend Cheryl Wilson, who gave him the idea to make a stand up paddle (SUP) for paddle boarding. Here’s Steven with his first hand crafted paddles on December 31st, 2011! The SUP paddle is hanging right next to him.

Here's me and cheryl with her finished SUP paddle on January 7, 2012

Since then Steven has been perfecting his skills . . . 

He has even gotten out his airbrush and tried various kinds of wood and techniques.

His paddles are purposely extremely lightweight, weighing only 20-25 ozs. They are also very beautiful.

These paddles are practically dripless (no water on your lap when kayaking) because of the way Steven shapes the paddle blades; see below. He uses tools that were my dad's to make these including some tools that dad made, keeping dad and all he taught us in our hearts and in our spirits.

The blue speckled paddle above is Cheryl's new kayak paddle!

I have just finished editing and producing a set of videos that show Steven's process of airbrushing a "night sky" / star design. One day I went to Lucas Boatworks where Steven spends time working on these paddles and other boat related things and filmed him as he worked. I will embed this first video here. There are 3 videos total and you can find them here on my YouTube site if you so desire a peek into his art! I am obviously very proud of him. There was a lot of raw film that had to be edited and I had to learn how to do it . . .  but I did not mind the work at all. xoxo

Part 1 of 3: Steve Deming gives a demo on how he airbrushes the handle caps of his handmade Kayak paddles. The paddle he works on in this video has a beautiful 'starry night sky' design. His paddles are all hand made from cypress wood in a modified Greenland style with long, narrow, tapering blades.
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