Pat Hardage's
PineWoodDerbyWorkshop

pwdwshop@gmail.com
​214/789-0359  

Photo Gallery of Some of My Best Work
A professional furniture builder called me a couple of years ago and asked to see photos of my work . . . one of his clients asked him for his evaluation of my work, he said.  He asked to see photos of "cars (I) had built."
I don't think he ever understood that I don't build cars.  I work to help parents build kids by providing a place with the tools and support system to  kids and their families can spend some really good time together . . . building a wooden car. 

Not all the best cars took trophies at the Pack Derby.  Some of the best trophies were the smiles . . . big people and little people, too.

Send me photos and comments, y'all.  I love to see 'em and to read 'em.


Thanks again for your help. Paul & Daniel both received “gold”.     Noelle M.                2014/15

Thank you again for a wonderful experience. As I was putting Cooper to bed just now, I told him I had fun with him tonight. He said he thought so too and then said, "and he was a little bit funny." He picked up on so many little things I either missed or didn't think he would. He acknowledged it was hard work and is very proud of his car. So, thank you very much for providing an opportunity for us to be able to do something like that together. 
                        Heather H.           2014/15
"I never imagined a chunk of wood could end up looking like this."
               Will, age 9                      2014/15
Thank you for an amazing workshop!!
Brandon and I had a wonderful time.
It was wonderful to see you.
                        Warren H.       2014/15

Thought I'd share Will (wolf) came in 2nd again this year! Winston (webelo) unfortunately got overmatched by the Cubmaster's and previous Cubmaster's sons' cars. And of course their wheels were exactly the same but as fortuna spun it, Will's car was substantially faster than his brother's! As such we skipped the head to head brother race to keep the peace in the house!

Thanks again for the help this year and see you next year.                    Winston B.       2014/15

Thank you again for helping Andy and I on 1/25/15 with his pinewood derby car.  Andy and I had a lot of fun.  When I was a kid doing Pinewood Derby, I dreaded the event because I had no clue how to make a car.  30 years later, you have totally changed my opinion on the event, you made building the car easy!  I look forward to the race . . .  Awesome experience!
Thanks.                      Pete C.  2014/15
Thank you for sharing your kids' photos with me.  I really enjoy seeing them again.  More coming as I find them in email.  Send me your photos and comments.  Thanks!
OK; I made her a whistle.  She kept finding off-falls and painting them.  What could I do but glue them on the way she asked?   Oh, and her brother built a car, too.

"You will be so glad you have come to this shop ...
nobody can teach you how to build a car the way Uncle Pat can; he's got all the tools; he's got a lot of patterns to choose from.  We've been coming for years.  You're going to love it."
               
               a Dad who just finished up his car
               heading out the door to a mom who
               arrived early for her session

"This bus is so cool!"  frequent kid first reaction when coming aboard 
"HAH!"  
        Dad's explosive reaction to his kid's expression . . . I had asked the little guy if the length of masking tape I had torn off ahas long enough.  He nodded affirmatively.  So I put the strip of tape across his chest . . . I wish I could bottle the look on his face.

  "My son came to your workshop on Jan 7 and built his car with a little assistance (especially around the band saw).

  Today, not only did he have a great time at the pinewood derby, but his car won the championship--and his den won the pack trophy for fastest den time. (In watching pinewood derbies for 7 years, it has mostly been my theory that good engineering does not consistently win races. Adam's wheels were not "aligned", he did not polish the axles and sand the wheels. In fact, one wheel is in a little too tight and drags against the body of the car.) I have no idea how he won the race--we did not even apply the lubricant on a daily basis as you recommended.

  Because his car performed well, he would have been happy today even without a trophy. He was very proud of building the car.  

  You might remember Adam because he doesn't speak very clearly and he can't run very fast. But today, he flew.........

  Priceless. Thanks a bunch. Good Scouting to you.
                                                    NB'06
Hi Pat:
It has been 5 wonderful years working with you and teaching my Son and all the boys I have brought to your workshop over the years how to build cars and more.
I am honored to know you and thank you for all you do for these to be men.
                           Jerry H. 2013-14 season

"Nike" is the Greek goddess of Victory.
Just sayin'.

3.75 Seconds
     (The "kid") took 1st place at this weekend's derby.
     Thanks for helping him build an awesome car. We had a really great time working and racing this together.     
     His fastest run was 3.75 seconds.
​                    Chris H.  2013-14


I just wanted to thank you for showing us how to build our car. Maybe we can place this year,we will see. Again, thanks for everything and doing your best to set us up for success. Please let me know if you're looking for help on the next venture, I'd love to be part of something that helps the next generation. 

Paul C.  2013-14



Hello Pat,

Well, once again, (the "kid") made his vision a reality . . . Bilbo the Barrel Rider, vision live and in living color.

The second photo is with quite a haul of hardware.

Today, his car took 1st Place in his Den, 2nd Place in the Pack, and Bilbo was voted "Best In Show" by the judges!

We are very happy we found Uncle Pat's Workshop 4 years ago. Thank you for all you have taught both of us!

Bob R  2013-14
Pat

A*** took first,
K*** took third,
They are off to the finals,
D*** ended up 4th - missed third by 0.02 seconds - the Bears run some mean cars...looking forward to next year!
​Could not have done it without you!

All the best.

Ron N.  2013-14
GIRLS LIKE TO RACE TOO!
First Place!
Thanks for your help.
        Steve G.  2013-14
     We so appreciate you and the amazing work that you put into your mobile shop. Everyone raved afterward about your conscientiousness and teaching ability. It was a truly delightful evening!
     God bless,
            D'Ann  C.        2014-15

Thank you again for a wonderful experience. As I was putting Cooper to bed just now, I told him I had fun with him tonight. He said he thought so too and then said, "and he was a little bit funny."  

He picked up on so many little things I either missed or didn't think he would. He acknowledged it was hard work and is very proud of his car. So, thank you very much for providing an opportunity for us to be able to do something like that together. 

        Heather H.   2014/15