making a kayak paddle

My husband Steven has found great satisfaction since moving to Florida by taking the woodworking skills he learned from my dad . . . and then applying them to making something he knows well and loves: kayak paddles. Steven recently sent what he described as "the best paddle he ever made" up north to the wife of a very dear friend of ours, Garth. His wife Nora is the kayaker in their family! He was the best man at our wedding in 2005 and Steven & I have both known him forever. I was just 14 years old when I met Garth, and Steven and I originally met in 1972 because of Garth!

Here is what Nora had to say after using Steven's handmade paddle for the first time . . . If you need it, the direct link to the video is here: http://youtu.be/h6nSq1rrS_A

We so enjoyed received this short video from them!!! When Nora speaks of the paddle being effortless, I believe she is talking about how lightweight the paddle is, making it easy to power her boat even in winds and not get tired. Steve's paddles weigh between 20 and 28 oz, which is very light weight, but he also makes them strong.
Here is Steven in action, making a paddle in his shop . . .
He uses skills my dad taught him . . .
 yes, I gave him my bone folder for this part! He's preparing to airbrush . . .

I have put together a series of videos sharing his airbrushing and finishing process.
He is actually painting the paddle he sent to Nora in these videos.


Part 2: more of the process (many layers)


I filmed and produced these videos at Steven's request and you can sometimes hear me in the background!  
It was fun to do and I learned a lot about filming & editing.

Below is the paddle rack Steven built outside his tent shop at Lucas Boatworks
My dad would be proud! In fact, that is my dad's John Deere tractor. Steven uses it all the time.
Always do right. This will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest.   
  ~ Mark Twain