Décor at Northern Waters
Josh Rude / Glørud Design
Josh Rude’s Paddles are a recent addition to our collection of artisan work on the walls of Northern Waters Restaurant. We love showcasing the work of the insanely talented people that live here. Josh’s paddles hit all the marks. Line, color, form, shape, harmony, presentation–these paddles are a true work of art.
We reached out to Josh to learn a bit more about the history of his work & why he chose to be a maker.
Company Name: Glørud is our Norwegian family name. When my family moved to the US in the late 1800’s, the name was changed to Rude. Obviously the name ‘Rude Designs’ did not have the best ring to it, so I chose my Norwegian family name.
The Story: I have only been making paddles for 1-2 years, but the motivation started growing at least 10 years ago. My wife and I met as canoe guides in the Boundary Waters off the Gunflint Trail 17 years ago. I wanted to give her a canoe paddle of her choice as an engagement gift. We shopped, and shopped but we did not find a size, shape, or design she was drawn to. A week turned into a month and a month turned into 8 years (oops!).
We spent many years traveling, but eventually moved back to our original home of Minnesota. We wanted to get back the BWCA, but I still hadn’t given my wife a paddle. Along this journey we also had 3 kids making our finances a bit slimmer.
I decided I would build a paddle for her. It was nice try, but no engagement gift. I made another, and it was a bit better and I started to understand the process more. I made another and someone offered to buy it! I sold that paddle even though I had not given one to my wife. Eventually I came out with a few designs which included the paddle for my wife. The Innsjø double-bent is a paddle designed specifically for her. Innsjø is the Norwegian word for ‘lake’. We have fond memories of Long Island Lake in the BWCA while working up there. This paddle was named for her.
The Road Ahead: The reason I continue making a paddle after I finished my wife’s is two fold. First, I have enjoyed it. My time in the shop is therapeutic. The simple task of working with my hands has been a good change of pace. Second, I love contributing to the community of paddlers and people that enjoy spending there time outdoors.
Take a trip up to our restaurant to view Josh’s paddles in the flesh, enjoy Haus made food, or have a drink!
More information about Glørud Design can be found at www.gloruddesign.com