Presented by Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA)
“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Presented by GICCA

“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Les Eelkema

Wood & Metal Artist

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I’ve never found a piece of metal that I couldn’t repurpose!

In 2018, I began using paddles I found on the beach as my canvas. For years, I’d enjoyed shaping metal, and studying the effects of heat, chemicals, and corrosion. The paddles soon became a unique way to display the resulting beauty (and surprises) of these efforts. I’ve learned that working with metal is just that — working “with” the metal. Each piece of metal has its own personality — some are pliable, some react beautifully to heat, others react to chemical etches. In many cases, control of the end result is a working partnership between the artist and the material. Like any painting or sculpture, each of my Celebration Paddles has a story behind it. I call them Celebration Paddles because the first paddles were often used to celebrate weddings, milestone birthdays, retirements, and the like. I hope their beauty and uniqueness can inspire you to celebrate something wonderful in your life. And finally, yes, a metal-clad paddle will float… usually!


Scott Milo Gallery

EarthenWorks Gallery

Penn Cove Pottery, Sande Fuca, WA

Products Available for Purchase

Celebration Paddles

Repurposed Wall Art

Birdhouse Travel Trailers

*contact via email to purchase or visit gallery links above*

Artist of the Month ★

April 2021

All Artwork Copyright 

© Les Eelkema