Friday, April 11, 2014

Expressions of interst sought.

The Old Mal Australia is seeking any expression of interest in holding a Timber Watercraft Rally with Surf Craft – Canoes / Kayaks – Boats or anything Nautical.

Proposed venue Brooms Head, NSW.

Proposed date July 26th.

Proposed format, surf display – still water paddle display followed after lunch with a Show & Shine.

If there is any person keen to participate please contact Daffy 0414 876 874,


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nathan's hollow Balsa Simmons

 It has been a long time between boards for Nathan Grey from Sydney, but here is his latest creation.

"It is built from some really light weight balsa, board weighs in under 3kg’s. I glass it with entropy resin, 4oz bottom, and 4 + 4oz 2/3rd deck patch. The finish coat is a satin auto acrylic spray, nice fast finish and does not get scratched up easy.
Dimensions are 5,6”- 20,3/4”-2,3/8”, bottom shape is subtle hull entry blending into a single concave that runs between the fins, with a bevelled rail.
All I need now, is some surf."

Monday, March 31, 2014

A work of art

 Another great looking board by Tony Crimmins coming together.The care and attention to detail that Tony puts in to each and every board is on another level and the end result is a work of art.

Dennis at Woody Logic back making boards

 A nice new 7 ft fish from Dennis." It's been wet sanded and polished out.  I'm pleased with the overall finish.  The polyester is a lot easier to work with in a lot of respects. The board weight is about a pound maybe two more than the foam one.  This board is a lot stronger.  I loved working with the balsa and cedar combo."

 Lots of detail
If anyone is interested the board it will be at the Surfari Surf Shop here in Ormond Beach, FL. he open for custom orders if anyone is interested.  
Send him an email at : 
Dennis Hanson

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stavros Xan's new work shop in Greece

 Stavros has just completed his new work shop in Athens Greece to build wooden boards. He is a passionate man and loves experimenting with his designs.It looks like he has a great setup to build his boards
 This is from his blog :  "SX Wooden Surfboards began in the backyard of a home minutes from the waves in Santa Marina, Athens,Greece. Stav has combined his love of board sports with a passion for wooden boat-building techniques to create works of art for riding waves that have less impact on the environment and more positive impact on your surfing.The beauty of SX Wooden Surfboards lies in the blend of softwoods, the artful patterns naturally produced by the wood itself.
In the future, SX Wooden Surfboards will continue to build custom dream boards and develop new surfboard shapes in collaboration with our customers."

Stavros enjoys designing and building new models to add to his quiver. Check them out  Here
Just goes to show there are people building wooden boards all over the world in some unlikely places.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Adams first wooden board

Adam lives on the Sunshine Coast and builds hi tech down hill skate boards using various laminates and epoxy vacuum bagged together. So he ended up with an aray of various timber laminates. I designed and got the blank cut for him. As you can see he has pieced together a number of laminates to make up his deck and bottom skins.
All the bits in the bag and doing its thing
Bagged and trimmed ready to add the rail band laminates
There are many ways to get those rail bands on and here is a new one.
Well they came out nice and tight so it did the trick.
All coming together

 Applying the epoxy to seal the deal
 Looking good
Boxes in

Always good to get out there and have a crack on a board you built.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wooden surfboard Eco Challenge

Hi guys if you have a wooden board , if you built it or not bring it down to Currumbin on the Gold Coast Sunday 16th  9am to 2pm.

This first event of Eco Challenge Gold Coast is a wooden surfboard expression session.It is not a contest , just you expressing the fun you can have surfing a wooden surfboard.

This event will raise funds for Surfrider Foundation ‘Rise above Plastics’ project. Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue so if you’re passionate about the planet, and surfing, find out how you can make a difference.

It is part of the Bleach Festival this year.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Off to New Zealand for the first Fish Fry

I have just been working on a couple of boards as future demos and plan to take one to New Zealand for the first Fish Fry over there.The one on the left is a 5ft 6" x 22" Hydro Simmons and the one on the right is a 6ft x 22" fish with the same bottom contours.

I can only take one so have decided to oil this one up and pack it off the New Zealand. The Fish Fry will be held at Waipu Cove just south of Whangarei in Northland near where I grew up.So it will be nice to surf and catch up with guys where some of my early surfing started . So if you are in the area when it is on come and say hi. I hope you bring some boards to share as well.

" The Cove Fish Fry is a gathering of positive and like minded surfers and shapers sharing a day at the beach. The original format of the Fish Fry was based around the fish surfboard but as the event has evolved and spread throughout the world it has become open to all forms of surfcraft, fish, logs, hulls, alaias, handplanes, mats, the list goes on. The Cove Fish Fry is a non-competitive and non-commercial event and will be held at Waipu Cove, Northland, NZ, on the 9th of March 2014.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The big hydro simmons in wood for big Dave.

Dave is a big guy at 6ft 7" and 130 kg so he wanted a big board to fill out his quiver. So I built him a 7ft 6" x 26" board at 80 litres. Here he is tonight picking it up to get glassed on the Sunshine Coast. His normal board is a 7ft 6" x 22 1/2" short board from Sunova at 48 litres. He might be big but he can surf. Thats a 5ft 6" x 19" I have that is just oiled in Lanolin. Very light with 3mm skins top and bottom. I am taking it to New Zealand in a couple of weeks for the first Fish Fry over there at Waipu Cove.
These two are all taped up with fins marked for boxes to be routed in. 5ft 6" x 22" hydro simmons and a 6ft x 22" fish with the same bottom contours in the middle and rear with a slight rolled entry in the nose.One of these may end up in New Zealand as well.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Farmer Justins new pig

Justin Tilly is a New Zealand farmer with a passion for timber and surfing , so it was natural that he should build a wooden board or two.This is his latest board.
 EPS core with timber vac bagged over it with Polyurethane glue and finished in epoxy resin.

Great grain in this deck. It is Japanese Cedar (cryptomeria japonica) that he found growing on the farm.
I am looking forward to checking it out in a couple of weeks when I am in New Zealand.

Check out more of what Justin is up to at :