View Full Version : Anyone interested in cork paddles?

David Patchen
06-19-2014, 12:31 PM
I've burned through my last set of the large cork paddles I made and planning on making more in the near future. Mine last me a few years and I flatten almost everything.

If there's enough demand I'll make a few extra sets. I make them 9" x 12" and almost 1.5 - 1.75" thick. I'm going to put slightly different wood handles on them this time to make them easier to maneuver. They'll be $80 a set plus shipping.

Let me know who's in asap so I know how many to make.

Pete VanderLaan
06-20-2014, 06:25 AM
I'd like a pair david.

Dave Hilty
06-20-2014, 07:23 PM
And a pair for me please.

David Patchen
06-20-2014, 09:11 PM
Here are pics of some of the ones I made previously


David Patchen
06-20-2014, 09:14 PM
In use


Patrick Casanova
06-20-2014, 10:46 PM
Next time you are at Home Despot or the lumber yard look at hand rail stock, it makes for great handles that really fit the hand well.

Rich Arentzen
06-23-2014, 10:30 AM
I'll take a set.


Lawrence Duckworth
06-23-2014, 01:29 PM

would these work?

David Patchen
06-23-2014, 02:03 PM
I like both options! Open handles seem easiest to hold but bannister/railing stock could run the entire length of the paddle. Preferences from the guys who want them??

Pete VanderLaan
06-23-2014, 03:25 PM
Well, I was hoping for Wrought Iron but I will go with whatever the group decision winds up being.
I think aesthetically I like the bannister handle better than the generic float handle for plastering, but I was so hoping for the wrought iron.

George Vidas
06-23-2014, 04:13 PM

Looks like the float handle screws in from the front (cork side), vs. countersunk screws in from the back. Which would make replacing it trickier.

Lawrence Duckworth
06-23-2014, 05:00 PM
real wrought iron is getting harder to come by--but Damascus is nice….seems there was someone here that did a pair of those paddle thingies outa damascus.

..I'll take a pair for 90 bucks with the concrete float replacement handles…signed, dated, and numbered of course. Seriously.


Greg Vriethoff
06-23-2014, 07:40 PM
Yes, true wrought iron is a rare commodity now. About fifteen years ago the most plentiful source was old anchor chains. That supply is probably greatly diminished now.

Dave Hilty
06-23-2014, 10:35 PM
The concrete float handles look good to me.

Pete VanderLaan
06-24-2014, 06:31 AM
I was joking but maybe a pair of glass handles flattened at both ends would look nice. Don't drop them.

John Riepma
06-24-2014, 02:18 PM
Is Damascus "overwrought" iron?

Pete VanderLaan
06-24-2014, 03:04 PM
It's steel. Iron with Carbon. Only stuff that's better is Valarian Steel. It's made with cellulose

David Patchen
06-25-2014, 01:03 AM
I made the damascus tags :)


David Patchen
06-25-2014, 11:51 AM
Cork is on it's way. Give me a couple weeks and I'll contact people who signed up once they're all done.

David Patchen
07-16-2014, 08:39 PM
Ok people, all the large paddles are almost finished. I liked the banister handle but decided I prefered being able to get my fingers through an opening so I used the float handle.

With the additional cost of the fancy wood handles they'll be $90 a set. Call it an even $100 with shipping. I'm close to selling all of these so please let me know ASAP if you want a pair via this thread, email or message through my website.

David Patchen
07-27-2014, 12:15 PM
Last call here for the cork paddles. I've got two pair left and I'm going to put them up on facebook now....

Dave Hilty
08-07-2014, 06:42 AM
Paddles received and they are great. I've only used the marver to flatten pieces til now, never using cork paddles. Care and feeding instructions David? Do these have to be "broken in with hot glass as with cherry paddles so as not to mark the piece ?

Lawrence Duckworth
08-07-2014, 08:51 AM
I've never used em before either, but plan to use them to flatten the bottoms of spider abdomens.

Mine came with directions….It said to "flatten everything"…seriously :D

David Patchen
08-07-2014, 10:34 AM
I'd lightly char them on front of the glory hole so they have a thin layer of carbon that will touch the glass. This will help them slide. Some people keep their corks wet but I think this risks scarring the glass unless it's fresh from the furnace. I always use mine dry--no risk of scarring the glass and they slide smoothly. Always keep the paddles moving when they are on the glass or they will stick and scar.

I flatten vessels while my assistant is capping. I'll have him stop and as the glass sags on the pipe I rub the glass between the paddles in a circular motion. I can only rub for about a second since the glass is sagging, so my assistant flips the piece and I flatten the piece again. We keep going until it's as flat as I desire. If it's really tough to flatten a piece, get it hotter. If it's getting too wide, I'll have my assistant uncap for a second--this will let the vessel flatten quickly under the corks without internal pressure. Gets things flatter quicker but the glass will dent in so a quick puff and re-flattening will fix things.

I flatten 70% of what I make and a set of paddles will last me 4-5 years. I'm quick on and off the glass so that probably helps them survive without burning up too quickly. They will build up a degree of useful carbon which prevents them from burning up. I keep this carbon layer on until I find the corks feeling a little 'tacky' (usually after 2 years or so) and then I sand them down a bit to remove a layer of carbon.

David Patchen
08-07-2014, 10:35 AM
I stayed on longer so the paddles would flame for the photo. Not the best way to do it for longevity :)