Okay, I’m a nerd, so here goes. One of the factories that produced Blake paddle boards (some have claimed the nicest examples) was Robert Mitchell Manufacturing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were an extremely large furniture manufacturer. Apparently Tom met one of the family in Florida and it went from there. These boards were furniture quality and I’ve read mostly went to the East coast and Hawaii.
I found this article while researching the boards made here in Cincinnati.
Living in the Midwest has some interesting advantages. The view from here gives one a perspective not easily achieved from either coast. This is the middle, the heart, the soul of this country. What happens here doesn’t stay here, it migrates. Decay and creation, yin and yang, rich and poor.
Just winding down after a long night at Dee’s (jazz club). I was the emergency bartender, covering for Ron, who cut off the end of his finger cooking on Tuesday. Just like riding a bike, only a creaky old rusty one.