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I have two VERY cool hobbies.

The first, of course, is HomeBrewing.

The second - I am a professional Wood Worker.

I find the greatest thrill when my two hobbies come together - such is the case when I make Mash Paddles for my customers.   This particular customer is probably known by the vast majority of the AHA - HopUnion llc.

HopUnion approached me a couple of years ago.  They saw a Mash Paddle I designed a gave to Sam Calagione - owner of DogFish Head Brewery, and wanted to know if I would be willing to work with them to design ten paddles - each with the carved logo of their craft brewery customers. 

Here's the results:

The work was tricky and tiresome at times, but when all was done I was VERY happy with the outcome.  So was HopUnion - so much in fact that they have hired me since for three more very special paddles.  Two of which were used a prizes for the 2012 and 2013 AHA Homebrew competition!

I have also had the fortune of building six-pack holders, beer crates as well as other brewing related objects for customers over the years.

Oh yeah - here's a REALLY cool video of Sam @ Dogfish Head using one of my paddles to stir in:

All-in-all, nothing compares to homebrewing though!

Bob Rhoades
Severn, MD

Nice. I've made my own canoe paddles so I have a pretty good idea about how much work goes into those things.

Amazing work!  I would be reluctant to use a paddle that beautiful.  It may need a spot of honor above the bar.

Wow, really nice work! 

singletrack brewer:
I have one of these paddles, the first I might add, and they are great to use.  Mine has about fifty brews on it and looks fantastic.  I'll see if I can post a pic later on. 


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