To me, the perfect paddle is both functional and aesthetically appealing. It will draw you in like a sculpture in a gallery. When you pick it up it will feel like it was made to fit your hand and you won’t want to put it down. And of course it will leave a memorable impression upon those at the end of its swing.
Each of my wooden paddles is designed individually and is unique. They vary in shape, size, design, added detail, and of course wood choices. I do not use templates or plans when creating each piece, nor have I ever sought to make two the same. Rather I work from scratch on every creation, sketching designs directly onto the wood before starting work with a saw, followed by any number of other woodworking tools.
Our primary factors in informing the design process are the unique requirements of each client and site. The client is asked qualifying questions, so that by determining wood type, color design and other preferences they can be presented with preliminary concepts that respond directly to an interpretation of their needs and wishes.
The choice of using a type of wood, is largely a personal one, while equally rooted in many practical advantages, including that of being a truly sustainable material. Wood warmth and tactile qualities provide a welcoming elements. Structurally it has its own form of expression, in that it’s structural qualities can inform and provide a logical clarity to the design.
Design and form emerges, along with the interpretation of the requirements of the client, the wood, and responsibilities in terms of sustainability and useability. These naturally evolve and are re-evaluated during the creation.