Mash Paddle for National Homebrewers Conference

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Project by KnotCurser posted 05-14-2012 12:13 AM 5943 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few month’s ago I created a very special Mash Paddle for the owner of DogFish Head Beer, Sam Calagione. He has the paddle on constant display in his “mini” brewery located inside of his Pub/Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

I figured I might hear from someone about the paddle for some additional business, but when I heard from a representative from Hopunion LLC, located in Yakima, Washington it really blew my mind! That’s 2800 miles away from Rehoboth Beach!!! They visited the pub and asked about the paddle and then contacted me to make them another “special” paddle.

This paddle will be given as a prize at the 2102 National Homebrewers Conference located in Seattle Washington this year. I would consider this paddle about as “busy” as a paddle could get. As you can see, the majority of it has been carved out with my scrollsaw! Images cut include custom hop flowers and the Seattle Space Needle.

The paddle measures around 44 inches long and is 1 inch thick solid cherry. It’s treated with only mineral oil as it just might be used in the beer making process (but I doubt it).

This will be shipping out to Yakima shortly – in plenty of time for the conference!

Cool – my paddles are now a national hit! :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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Pete Jansen

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 12:18 AM

Nice job. I’m trying to do a couple of those for our local breweries.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 12:40 AM

That is awesome news, Bob! Congratulations on the new contact. The paddle is really nice and I am sure that several others will inquire about them. Did you use spiral blades to cut them? You really did a great job on them!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 01:19 AM

Thanks on the compliments!

Sheila, because of the length of the paddle, I was kind of forced to use spiral blades on the entire project. I would have used them anyway on the vast majority of it but probably would have switched to a number 3 for the long straight lines in the space needle.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 01:40 AM

Wow Bob, that is the big time.
Good for you – quite the scrolling.
A bit too busy for me, but like you say, it is mainly just for show.

You should be proud,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 03:31 AM

I like your usual laser cut work, no wait! I forgot, you can scroll like nobody’s business. And how did you ever work around that huge knot? Did you curse it?

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 03:32 AM

very cool!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 03:41 AM

Congratulations, Bob! I am excited for you!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 04:49 AM

Another nice paddle Bob. I have a project similar in that it is quite large. Could you not twist the blade 90 deg. after installing to get around the throat length problem? Just wondering.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 12:23 PM

Very clever Gene….. Curse the Knot… KnotCurser…. I get it. ;-)

Rance, I did try switching the blade to be “backwards”, but eventually you have to make a curve that will cause the piece to swing around and not clear the back of the saw – I would have to buy the fantasy brand saw with the 40” throat to get it to work! ;-)

Thanks again everyone for the nice words!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#10 posted 05-14-2012 01:06 PM

Congrats Bob. That is amazing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 01:52 AM

So beautiful, Bob, truly a work of art.


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#12 posted 05-15-2012 03:42 AM

What great piece of work. Great artwork

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 05-25-2012 05:52 PM

It’s me again! Can I get my hands on a personalized one of these??? It’s awesome!!!

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#14 posted 05-25-2012 06:09 PM


I just sent you a personal message and supplied you with my email address.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#15 posted 08-17-2012 09:53 PM

That is a great piece of woodworking, Great Job!!

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