Did you hear?... Big Spoons touring paddles to be displayed in the American History Museum of the Smithsonian

The Big Spoons Elite 450 touring paddles manufactured with DuPont Kevlar will be displayed in the American History Museum of the Smithsonian beginning in July of 2002.
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The Big Spoons Elite 450 touring paddles manufactured with DuPont Kevlar will be displayed in the American History Museum of the Smithsonian beginning in July of 2002. The focus of the hands on exhibit is "Play in Invention" and will focus on how children’s activities in play contribute to innovation and invention. After the run at the American History Museum, Big Spoons will become part of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, which will tour the United States for a period of 4-5 years. SNEWS® View: What does a paddle have to do with children's play leading to innovation? We wondered the same thing so naturally, we asked. John Abbenhouse (company owner, president, designer) loves tinkering and playing, which is a carryover from his childhood days when curious John discovered mechanical aptitude by tearing apart things a putting them back together. Apparently, at age 8, John even tore apart a lawnmower then reassembled it. No word on whether or not he asked for permission at the time, and we're assuming the lawnmower still worked following Jr. Tool Time's modifications. Abbenhouse has turned those young passions into a business, designing and building all the tools the company uses in manufacturing processes, as well as in the design of the paddle now on display.

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