February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
Beautiful Wooden Paddle-Boards Being Produced in Muskoka!
Our congratulations to Bill Pocock of Muskoka on his recently launched Ololo paddle-board company. Bill has an artistic design background in endeavours as diverse as the construction of a cedar-strip bike trailer and a velomobile. Bill was the first person to cross Canada in a velomobile, offering student presentations en route!
After viewing a paddle-board article in Cottage Life Magazine, and inspecting an inferior plastic product at a prominent outdoor store, Bill decided that he could do better! Taking a cue from the Hawaiian kings who premiered solid wood boards, Bill built his first (hollow) wood prototype in 2011. Except for the marine plywood used in the bulkheads of his boards, Bill’s construction materials are sourced from his own property, from start to finish.(Bill’s shop is located about 20 kilometres south of Parry Sound, Ontario) He favours black cherry for its strength and light weight. Environmentally aware, Bill selects lumber stock carefully with an eye toward conservation and sustainability. The photos below reveal some of the steps necessary to take a board from start to finish. For further information on an Ololo Board, please see ad number pb575 on the “Non Motorized Boats” page or click on the link. pb575
Boards under construction:
Bill brands each Ololo board.