Care and maintenance
Into the Grain paddles are crafted for a specific purpose which is to propel a canoe in water by moving the water. That's it, that's all. Any other use can damage the paddle in ways that can lead to catastrophic failure. This is a working product and users must be aware that working products required care, maintenance and eventually replacement. A wise man (my father) once told me that if you try hard enough, you can break anything. This can be applied to wood products like my paddles and cutting boards.
You must always inspect your paddle for damage before each use. You must never use a paddle that is damaged. You must never use your paddle for anything except its intended use. You must always bring a spare paddle for each paddler in your canoe.
A few tips for paddle care: Avoid hitting rocks. Never let your paddle soak in water. Avoid storing your paddle in the sun. Use your paddle for paddling only. The blade is designed to move water only. Any other use could cause the paddle to crack, split or fail in some other random way. My paddles are finished with 5 coats of marine grade oil-based varnish or paint. Scratches are inevitable so be prepared to buff out your paddle with a 230-320 grit sand paper and give it another coat every year or two. This will also keep it looking beautiful. All my handles are finished with 5 coats of pure tung oil. This gives the handle a nice smooth and soft feel in your hand and helps to prevent blisters that you tend to get with a varnished handle. I recommend rubbing a coat of tung or other exterior wood oil finish on the handle every few months during the paddling season to keep it from drying out.
A few tips for cutting board care: Never put your cutting board in the dishwasher. Avoid washing your board with really hot water. The heat causes the wood to swell beyond normal causing cracks and splits. Wash your boards with a mild dish soap in cold-warm water. Never let your board soak in water or have standing water left on it. Drip and pat dry and store it away from heat or direct sunlight. Your board is finished with an all natural bee's wax which should be re-applied every month or two depending on use. You will be able to tell that it is time to rub in some wax when your board appears to be slightly dry on the surface. For ongoing wax application, most board oil, cream or wax will be compatible with the original finish.
A last note about storage of your wood products: Some storage spaces are heated with baseboard heaters which tend to really dry out the air and can cause wood products to crack and split. Avoid storing your wood products in these spaces if possible.
If you have any questions about care, maintenance, or repairs please don't hesitate to contact me.
I provide a 30 day craftsmanship warranty from time of receipt of my wood products. Please ensure you follow the care instructions on your product tag for continued enjoyment and use. If there is an issue with your product, contact me an we can discuss the best option to correct it.