Monday, September 26, 2011
" Hi Grant,
Here are some photos of the finished Fish II. I also made fins for it from silky oak wood but because they are quite thin they will be mainly for show, I’ve got a set of “normal” fins for everyday use. I replicated the silky oak fins based on the bought fins.
The board is constructed of a variety of timbers 6 mm thick over a 4 mm marine ply frame. The dark centre panel and pinstripes are walnut, the pale wood is Queensland kauri and the pinkish wood is silky oak. The rails are red cedar and paulownia. It’s all finished with 4 coats of flexible marine varnish, the only epoxy used is to embed the shell and the fin plugs and leash/vent plug. The dimensions are 6’10” x 23 3/4” x 3 1/4”. All of the inside has also been sealed with varnish.
I want to thank you again for designing the board for me and I’m about to try it out as soon as the surf allows. I’ll let you know how it performs.
I have enough wood left over to build another board, a project for next winter. So if you don’t mind I’ll probably be asking for one more board design when I decide what kind of board I want to build."
Thanks Frank for sharing your latest board with us. Let me know how I can help with the next project.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
" Hey there. my name is Chester Harding and I just wanted to send you a couple of pics of a Fish I made…. I went to the Fish Fry in Cornwall last week but only found out it was down there after I rocked up and left my board at home. Its a bit of a weird design I made. I used balsa for the rails but glued them in-between the ribs, so the dark lines in the rails is the support ribs running thru the board. the rest is made of pine I ripped down from some logs. Hope people like it…."
A different way of doing things that suited Chesters skills and knowledge base. And the outcome looks fine . Thanks for sharing Chester.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
From the arrival of Californian 'malibu' surfboards in the 1950s through to the unleashing of the triple-finned 'thruster' in 1980, Sydney was Australia's surfing capital, its 'surf city'.
It started with a young, restless generation - with their 'finned' fibreglass boards, rock 'n' roll, cars and bad attitudes - hitting the surf and clashing with an outraged alliance of surf-club officials, councillors, police, disapproving parents, a spellbound media and a wide-eyed public. Before long, surfing was 'king' and as its fashions and new-found freedoms were ignited, Sydney produced a line-up of top riders and cutting-edge board designers. The evolution of surfing in the 60s and 70s saw Sydney surf writers, publishers, film-makers, bands and businesses gain international attention as innovators and stirrers.
Surf city at the Museum of Sydney will return to the beaches of the 50s, 60s and 70s and show how Sydney's love affair with surfing has left an indelible, salt-stained mark on this beach-crazed city.
September 23rd - 5pm to 9pm
Address: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Contact: 02 9251 5988
- Adult $10 I
- Child/Concession $5 |
- Family $20 |
- Members free |
Hours: Daily 9.30am — 5pm | Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Paul Jensen , just got back from a trip down to San Francisco for a small HWS class... " We built two small fish, one big fish and a couple of longboards...
Our shop space was great, an i-Pad case factory with a lot of room to move...Nice......
I shuffled the class hours a bit...The first three days were 9AM to 5PM...The final two days were from 2PM to 10PM...The late start gave a feeling of having a at least a half day off...I surfed, others went into work...I'll do that again...
The workshop participants were all very keen, had heaps of skills and great life experiences to share during our long hours together...We all had a lot of laughs and everyone went home with boards ready to glass..."
If this is what you would like to do get hold of Paul and organise a class for yourself and a few friends.
Remember if you want to do a class that maybe a good idea is to get hold of one of these guys or organise a class yourself with one of them.
Contact : Paul Jensen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact : Rich Blundell - via Tree To Sea
Contact Paul Reisberg - email@example.com
Friday, September 9, 2011
Saturday October 22nd 4pm
Southern Cross Room – Byron Community Centre
The Grown Surfboards workshop will briefly cover the philosophy behind my surfboards and will cover the form and functionality of hollow timber surfboards. Then in more detail we will go through the hollow timber board building process using visual aids to show the various aspects of hollow timber surfboard construction. Will conclude the workshop with a Question and Answer session.
We love surfing and are passionate about our oceans and preserving them for the next generation of surfers. “Grown is all about turning a positive passion into a productive and ethical business” This love of surfing and responsibility to minimise our impact on the planet evolved into producing hand made boards from recycled and plantation grown timber.Check this and other great activities on their website. Great to see a get together just to celebrate why we go go surfing - For Fun.