Color on Wood

Sometimes a clean slate, like a basswood paddle blade, is the perfect substrate for a non-traditional final finish. In my experience, printed cotton fabric provides the matrix of absorbent material that epoxy wants to saturate and bond with. All these paddles are years old now and are withstanding the test of time quite well. For many paddlers, tradition and performance are the motivation behind choosing … Continue reading Color on Wood

Fall Day Slow River = Perfect

Some days are unexpectedly better than anticipated. This day was one of them. Perfect clear cool water, lots of birds singing their joy of living, and a quiet stretch of my favorite paddling place. Also my kid. My wife and I both tried to get time with each kid outside and doing something. Strange, but most of my days were outside on the water. Hopefully, … Continue reading Fall Day Slow River = Perfect

a Splash of Magic

I don’t know much about photography, but I do know that every morning and evening there is a few skinny minutes when the light is ‘just right’. It’s magic light. Really it’s light from a natural source at a low angle so there are few shadows. But I like ‘magic light’ better. I think this lighting voodoo gets stronger as the days get shorter in … Continue reading a Splash of Magic

walnut gets wet

Our latest little adventure to Lake Wazeecha, saw a custom built walnut paddle makes its debut. As with nearly all other woods, walnut can be just right for a paddleboard paddle. While some suggest that walnut is too heavy, I push back just a bit and suggest that weight belongs in a performance-oriented work world – not the leisurely world of having fun on the … Continue reading walnut gets wet

SUP in a lake, simple paddleboarding

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 … Continue reading SUP in a lake, simple paddleboarding

Paddle Blades with Knots – Old Growth Character

One benefit of making your own paddles is that you can make a paddle exactly how you want it to be. While wavetrainSUP may not have an infinite variety of raw materials, you certainly have more choices for your paddle project than you would buying a paddle at a store. For starters, here are some details on the picture below: This is a pair of … Continue reading Paddle Blades with Knots – Old Growth Character

Making a Paddle – A Standup Paddleboard 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 … Continue reading Making a Paddle – A Standup Paddleboard Paddle