Posts Tagged ‘SUP paddles’

SUP in a lake, simple paddleboarding

January 18, 2016


It’s been awhile since I surveyed the “industry” that wavetrainSUP seems to be in. In this case, I searched Twitter for the keyword “paddleboard”. Wow. Either wavetrainSUP is an outlier or…I don’t know.

I found nothing about the simple pleasure of paddleboarding. It’s not all surfing and racing after all. There’s plenty of space for getting out on a nice summer day. Of course it’s winter now, so the above shot reminds me of what is coming in just a few months I hope.

So here’s the thing – my background is all freshwater and simple pleasures, like paddling one of the many lakes here in Wisconsin. Usually that paddling includes a paddleboard I built myself and a paddle I made myself as well. Some fishing, lots of picture taking, sometimes I even take our little dog along on the paddle.

I almost always have the water to myself. It’s quiet, there’s lots of birds, and looking down into the water is kind of mesmerizing.

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Customer Paddles

July 13, 2015

Matt D. from somewhere out in sunny (and presumably dry) California sent in some pictures from his paddlemaking project. The paddles look good and his emails read happy!

Making a Paddle – A Standup Paddleboard Paddle

February 21, 2012

picture of a hand made SUP paddle Canoecopia 2012 is in sight now. For WavetrainSUP, this means a small little coming out party in the form of a seminar Sunday afternoon titled – “Making a Bent Shaft Laminated Paddle”. WavetrainSUP does only a few things. Two to be precise. We assemble paddlemaking kits and we make hand made wooden paddles for both standup paddleboarding and canoeing. The kits we put together contain the wood, the tools and the form that a paddle builder needs to create two paddles. Consider the first one practice and the second one more practice…that lets you avoid the mistakes you made in the first one!
For me as a long-time paddler, it’s about using the paddle, enjoying the paddle and the places it takes you. Building that paddle makes using it even better. Building it gets you into a pleasant frame of mind that focuses on the pleasure of making something out of wood. Building a paddle puts a spokeshave in your hands, smelling the wood, listening to the spokeshave, and watching your paddle emerge. I hope you get to enjoy paddle making as much as I do!

Slow Wood is kind of like Slow Food

September 5, 2009
Hand Tools and Slow Wood make nice things together

Hand Tools and Slow Wood make nice things together

Each paddle is different, whether from the wood, the tools, or the mood.  Patience is part of this game too.  If you go too fast “tear out” or chatter marks happen and either one can be a show stopper.  A little bit at a time followed by a rub of the hand to check progress is the order of the day.  Reality TV is full of food shows now, many of which show and tell about the wonders of enjoying the journey rather than the destination.  In other words, enjoy making the meal as much as you enjoy eating it. Here in our shop, the order of the day is to enjoy the feel of the tools, enjoy the sound of the wood as it curls off the shaft under the spokeshave. There’s a balance between churning out one more paddle to meet the deadline and allowing the time to feel the paddle take its final shape under the drawknife or spokeshave.