It is rare when you are doomscrolling Instagram that you find something truly wonderful. Out at Culver Props in Rolla, Missouri, Alaina Lewis makes wooden propellers and finding her on Instagram was a balm in a dark time. Seeing the incredible skill that goes into making true customer propellers for custom aircraft is a joy. And then I got to meet Alaina. Our conversation is wide-ranging as we discuss how her family saved Culver Props, how she learnt the art from her Grandfather, the importance of reading specifications properly and, vitally, what the heck does a propeller actually do? The story Alaina tells is heartfelt and full of passion and skill and makes this podcaster with the softest of hands want to make things. I hope you enjoy it too. Once again, the Riverside app I use to record with my guests decided to play up, so my audio isn’t what I hoped it would be. Alaina, though, sounds great, and that is the important thing.
You can find Culver Props on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/culver_props/
The Culver Props Lathe is at: https://www.instagram.com/the_propeller_lathe/
Alaina’s YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/CulverProps
The Culver Props website is: http://www.culverprops.com/
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