The Big Daddy Story
The Big Daddy Story started many years ago in Cheshire, MA, located in northern Berkshire County. My love of boomerangs started when I was a teenager and purchased my first Australian style boomerang at a gift shop in Canada and bought a book on how to make and throw your own boomerangs. I was able to get the boomerang that I bought to work pretty well and then moved on to making my own. I started making cross-stick style boomerangs in my garage with some friends.
The boomerangs took a back seat for a while as I got older and went to college. Years later, after college and being married with three boys, I decided to create the fun curved sticks again. They came back to me! I was hooked again and taught myself how to make a different style boomerang from the cross-stick type. I focused on making beginner sporting boomerangs to share with people.
My three boys called me "Big Daddy" growing up, so when I decided to start selling my cool, returning creations, I thought that would be a neat company name. That's how Big Daddy Boomerangs was born! I had a small run in 2006 at a couple holiday craft fairs, then went more serious into the business in 2012 with my first official website! From there it's been a very exciting journey with a "booming" business!
Kari and the kids will paint the blank panels of wood, then I trace out the templates of the different models. I then carve and sand the airfoils. Next the boomerangs will get a seal coat for testing at a local field. Once they pass the flight test, I will brand and sign the back.
Because of our unique way of creating our wooden boomerangs, each one is a unique work-of-art as well as a functioning sporting good! This is the Big Daddy way. Thank you for looking and Many Happy Returns!
-Jeff LeBeau, aka Big Daddy