"I have always loved the outdoors. I went on my first BWCAW canoe trip in 1987 and have been back over 20 times with family, friends and Scouts. This love for paddling started me looking for a lighter and better paddle that the standard wood straight shaft style. In 1987 I saw the “NEW” style bend shaft paddles in the shops in Ely MN and being a woodworker, I decided that I should be able to make one. That started the process of designing and building the jigs and fixtures that I needed to build these paddles.
I have been Boy Scouts of America Scout leader taking Scouts on weekend campouts, summer camp, BWCAW canoe trips and hiking treks to Philmont Scout Ranch. I am an ORF at BSA Camp Mitigwa near Boone IA and run the camp sawmill. I am also involved with First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics as a team mechanical mentor and now as a Head referee and robot inspector in Iowa.
My real job was a Technology Education teacher in the WDMCS for 39 years. I retired in 2014. I introduced 7th and 8th graders to materials and processing, CAD, graphic design and industrial problem solving.
Our venue, the Fred Maytag II Scout Center, is located at 6123 Scout Trail in Des Moines, off of SW 63rd just South of Park Ave and just West of the Des Moines Airport grounds. If you've been involved with the Des Moines Wood Turners (or the Boy Scouts recently) you may already be familiar with the location.
Enter through the main doors. Parking is somewhat limited near the doors, so if you have good mobility, please consider parking further from the entry to help others.
Doors open at 6:45pm for social time, and the meeting will begin at 7pm. Give yourself extra time to find your way in to our new meeting place if you haven't been over yet.
|Event Date||March 16, 2023, 7:00 pm|
|Event End Date||March 16, 2023, 9:00 pm|
|Location||Fred Maytag II Scout Center|