Omega Psi Phi Maple Paddle - First Hand Carving Project

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Project by Jerome posted 08-02-2015 12:57 PM 2632 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a brief story behind this, so you’ve been warned!

A friend of a friend contacted me about making a paddle as a gift for her friend. I had just purchased a pile of scrap lumber from the lumber yard and decided to use what i thought was hickory for the paddle.

The surface was uneven so i so it over to my neighbor to plane it down some, but it was too crooked to plane and it would only go o far. However, I liked the natural twist and figure of it. I originally decided that I would use a router to remove the “meat”, but then decided to do all of it without power tools. This meant buying new chisels, and a $6 carving kit from Michaels. I found along the way that Kobalt chisels are better than Buck Bros., and that i need a wooden mallet. I thought that using the hand tools on this project would help me in other areas of things that i do, as I still have not made my own workbench.

I ended up cutting the curves with the bandsaw. (I need some bandsaw lessons on MY bandsaw). I watched some videos along the way but they did not help much because i didn’t find any for my saw itself. I designed the handle based off my palm print and the knot in the wood.

I was pretty daunting at first, but i took my time between other projects to finish this one. Using the sharpie wasn’t the best idea for marking a stained wood project. I knew this, but due to the uneven surface, even 80 grit sandpaper took some time to remove it. I tried alcohol, toothpaste, WD40, and even this stripper gel. Surprisingly, after thoroughly rinsing it off with soap and water and a gentle brush, it cleaned up well. I like the idea of the uneven lower surface.

I used stain and wipe on poly to finish it, along with purple paint for the letters

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 05:49 PM

Jerome, I like the look of it. The paddle looks very artistic and the design is organic, using your palm print for the handle profile. I admire folks who have the patience to carve by hand. And we all had to get the hang of our band saws. I’m only halfway there with mine, but I’m making progress.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 01:40 AM

Looks good Jerome! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 05-03-2017 10:59 PM

I would like one of those for my chapter ? Feel free to contact [email protected]

Troy Taylor
Iota Mu Nu

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#4 posted 05-04-2017 08:22 PM

This is a nice looking plaque.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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