PROPER PROPS

EDP Norfolk - - CRAFTED IN NORFOLK -

Less ex­pen­sive than the boats, but as beau­ti­ful, are the hand-made wooden pro­pel­lers that David, now 84, still crafts in his work­shop. They were born out of a need to find ex­actly the right gear­ing for his pedal boats.

“If I wanted to ex­per­i­ment with ca­dence rather than change gears, which I didn’t know how to do, I’d just make an­other pro­pel­ler with a dif­fer­ent pitch and that would do the job for me,” he says. He makes them painstak­ingly, join­ing pieces of wood to cre­ate a rough shape and then us­ing his crafts­man’s eye to sculpt the pro­pel­ler by hand us­ing sim­ple tools and sand­pa­per.

You can buy pro­pel­lers from dads­boats.com and prices start at £149.

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