Junk Paddle

We can buy a paddle, or wood to make a paddle… But what about making one from Junk? Collecting rubbish wood between my train station and my office, this is the story of a junk-made-paddle.

Duration: 11min
Release: 2018

Overview

I bought my first canoe paddle from a French Canadian by mistake. I was supposed to buy bread from his neighbor in a tiny town of La Mauricie, Quebec. I stepped into his small shop- instead of the bakery, which was really a workshop. It was dusty, as was he. I bought what’s called a beaver tail, made of pine, maple and walnut strips, and lost it a few years later on the Batten Kill river- headwaters of the Hudson River in New York. I still think about that beautiful paddle, regretting not looking around one more time when loading up, running late, hungry. Mourning ever since, I’ve since made dozens that look almost identical, most of which I’ve given away. This junk paddle is not all that different, other than it’s made from train-line scrap, junk wood found between Frankston train station and my office (2.2k of hunting grounds), serving the purpose of showing students, and now you, that you can make something beautiful, functional and purposeful from seemingly nothing. Behold, junk paddle! (And yes, I forgot to buy bread)

Production Team

Produced and Directed by

BEAU MILES

Produced, Filmed and Edited by

MITCH DRUMMOND

Additional Footage

HELEN BARCLAY
JODI EVANS
& HEIDI SCHWENK

Final Sound Mix

JAMES DOBSON

Special thanks to

LACHIE for the email