STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Carpentry students at Sterling Heights are earning a reputation for designing custom paddle boards. Some of their celebrity clientele include Sir Richard Branson, Kenny Chesney and Ty Pennington.

That’s why Heather, Hannah and Jacob say they had no idea learning could be so fun.

“I had friends who took the course, and they were just making longboards and stuff, but I didn’t know they were making stuff like that,” elder Jacob Haberski said. Jacob, 18, is referring to this paddleboard the band built for country music star Kenny Chesney. Heather, a senior, says the design has gone through a lot of thought.

“The key elements would be ‘Who lives like us? We do!” which was the name of his tour and the other thing was his fanbase and also the snapshot of him,” Heather Gravely said. When Gravely was first given this project, the 17-year-old was excited and nervous because she didn’t want to mess up a celebrity board.

That’s why their teacher, Chris Davis, says the class teaches responsibility, which is essential for their growth as a student and as a person. “Most of the time when they come here they’ve never built certain things before like anything they do in life and at the end you can look back and look at some of the projects you’ve done from scratch and be proud of that,” said carpentry professor Davis.

The icing on the cake is when celebrities rave about their paddleboards.

“‘My paddleboard is so beautiful it’s art,’ ‘I’m going to hang it on the wall,’ and ‘You’re super talented,'” said Sara Blakely and Jessie Itzler.

Meanwhile, Junior Hannah Everette says being part of the team brings her a lot of pride and bragging rights, especially when she started working on the paddleboard of former Extreme host Ty Pennington. Makeover Home Edition. “We had to make it a feather because he likes feathers and likes all that stuff,” Everette said.

It took less than six months to complete this 30-pound paddle board, and for Ty Pennington, that’s impressive.

“To have you guys not only shaping but building this amazing vehicle for me to enjoy in the world is amazing so guys thank you so much. I’ll be following the process on Instagram. I can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like. I’m super excited,” Pennington said.

Paddle boards made by students at Henry Ford II High School are not for sale, but you can get one by donating. However, Davis says the wait time is three years with back-to-back orders. But if you want to try your luck, contact the team via Instagram @henryfordiiwoodworking