Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hidden Wood from France

A couple of French guys building Alaia's and having them decorated by some great local artists. A couple of them travelled through Australia in the last couple of years. Tristan worked at Classic Malibu at Noosa and Paul worked for Dan MacDonald here on the Gold Coast. It is a small world. A number of guys who have visited these shores recently have ended up in France and working together. Sergio Gomez worked with Roger Hall in New Zealand and now has his own set up in France.Great to see them working together as they are all very talented artists , shapers and surfers.

So if you would like to check them out :

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paul Jensen class in Japan

Paul Jensen with Nobby who helped organise the course prior to Paul's arrival.Nobby has been to the two events here in Australia and met Paul at the first Wooden surfboard Day 2009.

Paul course comes with notes and a CD of information to take home.

Nobby sent me these shots with a few notes... "Paul held work shop in Japan from Sept 20 to 24 and he set out for Australia to hold next workshop yesterday.13 participants made own wooden surfboards and they will make more in own local area from local wood."

" Paul spread culture of modern wooden surfboards throughout Japan!!! I was very impressed Paul with the quality of his skill, knowledge and wisdom."

"In Japan, he was bedeviled by language barriers all the time but he was doggedly persistent and always polite for participants and me (sorry for that Paul…).
I look up to Paul as a teacher of wooden surfboards and a better way of life… "

A big thank you to Nobby and his friend for getting this all together and helping spread the skills needed to build wooden surfboards with Paul's course.I know from my own experience it is no small task pulling this all together and having all the gear and space required to make it happen. So my hat goes off to you Nobby. And thanks to Paul as well.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Life of Ply

Not just a movie on belly boarding on ply. But a great little story on why we surf.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Old Paipo board

Simple design , heavy wood , lots of fun , a long time ago , still going strong. Things don't need to be complicated to be effective.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Franks fish all ready to ride

Frank with the board all strapped down and getting the rails sorted.This is his second wooden board he has built.
" Well, it's finally finished and here are the pics. I'm pleased with the result and will now be waxing it up to try it out. It's considerably lighter than the mal I built last year, and hopefully it will perform OK. If the fins don't do the job I hope they will I can try different types of fins. The leash plug is one with the Goretex breather built in, so I won't have to worry about doing the plug up or losing it.
The final measurements are 7'6 3/4" x 22 1/2" x 2 5/8", so the size is spot-on to the original plan"

Franks own fin design to be tested in the coming weeks.

Great looking board Frank and look forward to the ride report.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Hollow Kite Board

Greg Wheeldon is an architect from Brisbane who did the Paul Jensen board building course last year. He and his son who is into kite boarding wanted a project to do together so set about building their own.
"As promised, attached are some photos, of the kiteboard in progress, and the completed board."

"Over all dimensions are, 140cm x 45cm widest, 35cm narrowest, 25mm at thickest point. Single concave full length, 6mm, including through the rocker. Rocker 65mm each end. The board is a double ended shape for multi-directional use, with a semi-swallow tail cut end."

"Construction is basically similar to the hollow surfboard concept, with internal bow frames from 6mm ply. I had the frames CNC laser cut by a friend for free, which made the over-all job much easier, and less time consuming. "

"The external skins are from 4mm paulownia and western red cedar. The detailed patterns are mostly 450 cuts, and so are easily achieved with a 220mm dia bench saw, with a fine tooth blade."

" The foot-binding and central handle fixing plugs are made from inset 6mm stainless steel acorn nuts, glued into a double thickness ABS fixing plate. Full stainless steel plates would be too heavy. The acorn back to the nut seals the back of the bolt thread and prevents water entry into the hollow board."

This is the rocker bed to set it all up on during the build.

"The deck is rolled and the concave to the hull needed to be accurately cut, to ensure overall shape. At the thickest point the bow frames are 12mm deep, shaped for the deck and concave hull."

"Rails are laminated from cork and plywood, similar to the surfboard construction. Rails are only rolled from the deck side, as the hull skin and tough-edge insert are full width."

"The detailed patterned strip inset in the deck, is purchased from a joinery shop by the metre. A vast range of patterns and colours are available. The strips are typically 1.5mm thick x 6mm wide. So a standard 6mm router set 1mm deep will cut the perfect groove for the inset."

"The black inset strip is made from ABS Side-wall plastic. A type of tough polycarbonate used in snow board and snow ski construction. The strip will protect the outer edge from sand scrapping when coming to shore in shallow water, as all kite boarders do."

"Fin fixings are holes through the solid ABS insets, again to prevent water entry into the hollow board. Fins are fixed by counter-sunk stainless steel Phillips head bolts, and are standard spacings to fit standard purchased fins. Fins on kiteboards cope a pounding from the sand in shallow water and need to be easily replaced. Hence, easy replacement is required."

A very detailed and technical build for sure. A lot of work on a very small board with a great result. Thanks Greg we look forward to seeing it at the next board day.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wooden belly board with a "George" twist

Billy-Joe Shearsby is a truck driving ,belly boarding , thinking man. And while out walking the dog this idea came to him. George Greenough , velo knee board meets Mini Simmons meets wooden Paipo.
Out with the jig saw and a bit of glue...

The fins are just resting here , but will be routed in and fine tuned as needed. The beauty of wood.
To check out what else he is up to : www.billyboarder.com