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 . . .
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 one: getting started airbrushing
Part 2: more of the process (many layers)
Part 3: finishing the paddle
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