Sunday, December 21, 2008
Dave Rastovich while surfing on the North Shore got injured and needed something to fill in time and decided to build a wooden surfboard. Dave built himself a Grain Surfboard from one of their kits. www.grainsurfboards.com or available at www.capeboatworks.com.au here in Australia. Good one Dave , eco warrior , hollow wooden surfboard builder.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Paul Jensen of Hollow Surfboards fame has just posted some great pics and a rundown on a group of guys who have just done one of his week long classes Nov 17th - 22. Paul takes them through the whole process with each member ending up at the end of the week with a board they have hand made themselves.This is what we are planning to do here on the Gold Coast in the week leading up to the Wooden Surfboard day here. I will hire a warehouse and Paul will do the same classes here .
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Local Gold Coaster Rodney has done a great job building this board from Balsa with Cedar stringers. He has tested it out in some decent size waves at Lennox and the Tweed bar. His Hot Curl is 9'0" x 19 3/4 x 2 3/8. As per all Hot Curls the deck is dead flat nose to tail with rocker coming out of the thickness. He didn't want to shape one to the early (1930's) design with the wider pod, he was targeting those at the pinnicle of the Hot Curl era through the late '40's and early fifties, with a tighter tail and thinner foil, affectionatley called sinkers. Rabbit Kekai was reportadley one of the best proponants of these finless guns.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Bill first started surfing in 1943 at Cronulla Beach on a solid Red Cedar malibu.The board was owned by a member of the local surf club who was in the army and away at war.Bill lives in Ballina NSW and loves to catch the odd slider at The Pass, Byron Bay when he can. I hope he can join us in August and tell a few stories and showcase his boards.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I have just received this email from Owen Lottering who is building his first wooden board. He lives in Knysna, South Africa (about 2 hours drive from J Bay )This board is glued up from Norwegian Spruce and Californian Redwood which are both grown in local forests. He said he hasn't chambered the individual pieces this time as he wanted to feel the shaping process. His next board will be a chambered fish in African Balsa and Redwood. Owen is in the local timber industry so if you would like to contact him - firstname.lastname@example.org I will post his progress shots as they come through.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Here are a couple of Paipo boards by Bobby Crisp with some nice nose and tail block wood work. The balsa is plantation grown eco balsa from Papua New Guinea, with the other woods coming from sustainable forestry. The wood inlay designs are hand cut from a variety of wood veneers. Sapele, Rock Maple, European Beech, Oak , Cedar, Balsa and Pine are all used.
Tony Crimmins from Brisbane has just sent me his latest board to share. It's a 7ft fish that was modelled on his 7ft 6" Dick Van Straalen . Tony said he wanted it to be a bit shorter and have a bit more curve in the outline, so he made it half an inch wider and pulled the nose and tail in about a quarter of and inch. Its now ready to head off to the glasser.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Photos are of a 5'10"solid balsa mini simmons...lots of fun but a little
heavy for my liking...i'll make the next one about 5 or 6lbs. A 9'3"
lightweight longboard which is yet to hit the water. And a 6'9"balsa semi
gun which is waiting for a good swell...maybe this week .