#94 – Paddle making workshop

Back in September, at the Queen West Art Crawl, we met Bruce of Paddles by W. Bruce Smith, and he told us about his one day make your own paddle workshop.  We thought it sounded fun (Adam especially) so on the list it went.

On Saturday we drove out to Fergus for the workshop, which runs from 9:00 until 4:00 or 5:00.  We were given our roughly cut paddles, hand tools and instructions and off we went, carving our paddles to have the correct flex, weight, balance and custom fit to our hands.  At the end of the day, we had our paddles completely carved and sanded, and all that was left to do at home was to oil them.

Overall, it was a great day.  Adam really loved it.  I enjoyed it, but it really nailed home what I learned in first year Carpentry class (I went to Theatre school), wood working just isn’t my thing.  But I was still very pleased with the final product and am glad we did it.  Many thanks to Adam’s father for financing the day as a belated birthday gift to Adam.


Information about Bruce’s workshops, and his beautiful custom made paddles, can be found here.  Workshops run on Saturdays until the end of May, then pick up again in the Fall.

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3 thoughts on “#94 – Paddle making workshop

  1. Jenn Dunn says:

    HA! Oh first year theatre school…”take a class in every subject and eliminate what you aren’t good at!” Justin and I needed to change out some outlets in our house….and I realized I absorbed absolutely nothing in Electricity. And by “Justin and I” I mean that I made a list of what needed to be changed, and he did the actual work. (i.e. first year taught me I’m much better at organizing other people to do the work that I can’t do! LOL)
    Also, I will constantly be on the lookout for a baby bump every time I see a picture of you!

    • Oh man, I still shudder thinking about electricity class. The only thing I really learned is never mess with electrical myself!
      The baby bump has arrived in full force this week! It came out of nowhere, but definitely is here.

  2. Becky says:

    I can relate! My first-year carpentry class for Theater required we make a wooden knife. I made a very lovely and realistic butter knife. I was much better at being the prop master during shows 🙂

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