With The Flea only 3 weeks away, I’m starting to work on building up some new inventory. This always begins with long-lead-time items such as laminated paddles and wee bats. This evening I was able to get a pretty good read on how long it takes me to laminate enough paddles to fill my fixture. It turns out that 15 minutes per paddle or stack of wood for laminated wee bats is a pretty good average. That does not count the time spent cutting veneers and choosing what I will use for the exterior of the paddle.
For the next two weeks I’ll mostly be trimming and sanding, then start to put finish on the wood late next week, and early the week after. After I cycle all the things that need finish through, I’ll start work on the things I do not finish.
On another note, I am going to make a small run of paddles made from 1/16 veneer. They will have 7 layers, alternating figured bubinga and maple with maple and padauk handles. The one I made for myself is rather light, and very easy to swing. I anticipate making a run of 6 of them. They will be signed and numbered. The first one is already sold.