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Rory Sheldon with handmade paddleboard

Board Builder Story: Rory Sheldon

Board Builder Story: Rory Sheldon

Rory Sheldon with handmade paddleboardHere’s a bit of Rory’s story:

Rory was born in Monterey California and came from a military family that moved often. His coming of age years were spent on Kauai Hi where he learned to surf.  Rory’s dad and granddad were both woodworkers and he feels it’s in his genes. Rory is a super creative individual and started making art at an early age and has always found it to be a peaceful refuge from everyday life. I met Rory via Facebook and when he came to Oregon to visit his son who was going to college here in Oregon and he stopped by my shop for a visit. In Rory’s words, “I had to meet in person, the creator of these beautiful wood boards. I was sold! I knew I had to build some and learn the trade. Randy has been so helpful in my learning process! He is exceptional, genuine, cool friend from day one! Would highly recommend.”

The tenacity and creativity of builders like Rory, who have learned the craft of building hollow wood boards inspire us all and we are happy to feature some of Rory’s awesome work!

Rory Sheldon's 7 handmade paddleboardsRory Sheldon flying fish Paulownia and Walnut wood inlayRory Sheldon handmade paddleboard tail closeupRory Sheldon handmade paddleboard fins