Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
John Sutcliffe from New Zealand has just finished his board and wet it's head. This is the one built in the garage next to the GT Falcon. Roger Hall and Matt Waite from Surfline Surfboards glassed it for him.
Monday, May 25, 2009
" Enclosed are a couple of updated shots showing the rails going on my 9’6” longboard. As discussed 6 x 6mm layers of paulownia with the centre routed out of the initial 3 layers to create a hollow rail. Photos show the system I came up with to anchor the timber strips – superglued small balsa blocks to the edge of the bottom and deck - and then cut the rail strips oversize by the thickness of the blocks – clamped the rail strip to the blocks for a nice tight join. Requires a fair degree of patience but looks like it will produce a nice result with rails and bottom/deck all being out of the same material."
Friday, May 22, 2009
Japanese board builder Nobuhito Ohkawa - Nobby is building a couple of boards to bring to the Wooden Board Day. This is a 9ft 8" hollow step deck. He finishes his boards unglassed with varnish for more flex, light weight, long life and environmentally friendly. Nobby has never been to Australia and will be here with his wife. Great to have him support the event. Thanks mate.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Steve, did Paul Jensen's class down in Victoria a couple of weeks ago and has now glassed his board and taken it out for a few waves.This is the 9 footer that Paul offers in the classes.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Sage Joske, great local shaper , old mal , fish and Alaia rider
Chris Garrett, innovative shaper and lover of wood.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Special thanks to Devon Howard for organizing this unique event and show casing the skills and foresight of this talented craftsman.
This is what Devon said about Tom -
"We often hear surfers professing how we've pretty much seen and done it all when it comes to board design. But don't tell that to my friend, ex-pat surfer/shaper Tom Wegener. Over the past four years he's been putting nearly all of his efforts on a now-much-talked about design with roots that span back a thousand years – the alaia.
According to Wegener, this historical Hawaiian surfcraft – which appears to be little more than a flat piece of wood in the shape of an ironing board – may not only be the most enviro friendly surfboard available today, it might be part of one of surfing's next big leaps in modern board design.
Settling down in Noosa Heads, Australia during the late '90s, Tom started a family and his board-building business, Tom Wegener Surfboards. Around that same time, Paul Joske introduced him to a sustainable board building material called Paulownia wood. With a much greater strength-to-weight ratio than balsa, an easy-to-work-with nature, and an imperviousness to saltwater, Tom used this unique wood and his innovative longboard designs to help revolutionize the genre of hollow wood surfboards. His craft and country-living lifestyle were eventually well documented in Thomas Campbell's film Sprout.
In the summer of 2004, Tom discovered a long forgotten ancient Hawaiian surf craft called an alaia. Since that time he’s been tirelessly pouring all his efforts into the development and refinement of this design, finding success in large part from the crucial feedback of pro surfers like Dan Malloy, David “Rasta” Rastovich, Chris Del Moro, Harrison Roach and Jacob Stuth.
Tom's alaia boards immediately caught the eye of renown filmmaker Thomas Campbell, who has since been fervently documenting Tom's alaia board movement in his new surf movie The Present. Campbell has shared with me that he has mind-blowing clips of Wegener’s test pilots taking the alaia waveriding experience to places never imagined. In fact, it may change the way we view what’s possible on a surfboard, namely tuberiding. "
The Present will be touring Australia this month. See www.trimyourlifeaway.com for Tour dates
The following video is a four-part series made from his visit to the Cardiff Patagonia Surf Shop to share with their customers his passion for Paulownia wood surfboards and alaias. If you are inspired by what you see, be sure to come to the Wooden Surfboard Day here on the Gold Coast and check out the movie The Present
Monday, May 4, 2009
" Hi Grant, thought you and some of your mates would like to see my new SUP. It's made of Pauwlownia, Redwood and Cedar. All epoxy. 10'6" x 29" x 4". Took it to a local river the other day, paddled a couple of miles and it worked great. Also, check out the paddle. Spanish cedar, Red Cedar, Mahogany and Redwood.
I've been checking on flights down to Brisbane for your wooden board day, and will keep watching. Haven't ever been to your fine country, so the time might be right... if I find the right price. "
Austin, Tx USA
Thanks for sharing your board with us all Troy. And mate it would be great to have you come on down for the Wooden Surfboard Day .
Tony is building a Paulownia skinned longboard using Paul Jensen's building method. He has angled the nose to allow for a nose block detail. And as you can see from his and other home builders , they become very resourceful with things like shaping stands and work spaces. You don't need a lot of gear and special tools. Just be challenged by the whole project and quietly chip away at it.
"Have just completed my second board and have attached photos. It's a lot thinner and much better than my first attempt. The nose and tail blocks are a big improvement and the best part is it's light enough to hang on a wall inside the house. The photo of me surfing is taken at Snapper Rocks using my first board. I have yet to surf the second one but I know that it will be easier to carry down to the water - being much lighter. The round bung is copied off a Joe Larkin surfboard picture I had in the "Surfer's Textbook" by Howard Jennar, who is a school teacher at Kingscliffe. The Okanui sticker was made up by a guy at Carrara markets just as a bit of bling for the board. Hopefully my next board will be a 7ft 6" mini mal for my daughter who is being challenged by a na papa board at present. Will have to source some balsa wood for the rails."
Cheers Peter Davis