Saturday, July 30, 2011
Greg's new board for next weekends Wooden Board Day
Greg did the Paul Jensen board building class a couple of years ago and ever since has been busy building boards with his son.I nice release after a week in his Brisbane city office as an architect.Be sure to check out his boards and many others next weekend.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The Grain " Sea Sled " body board
" Though we’ve had it kicking around the shop as an experimental board for a couple of years, originally The Sea Sled was more of a thought experiment in new bodyboard shapes than a real prototype. But when it became the first thing that visiting pros picked up, and when they came out of the water grinning, we knew we’d stumbled onto something special. The latest to love it was Keith Malloy who, when gathering footage for his upcoming body surfing/body boarding film, asked us after just one go-out if he could take it with him to Iceland. Hell, yeah you can.
And now they’re multiplying out in the shop, available to anyone who loves jetting down faces with the water at eye-level. Solid cedar, with distinctive side runners that channel the flow, this finless wonder is rugged, slippy, fast and fun. High speed slides are cake with the glide and low rotation resistance, and it’s small enough to keep in your trunk for anytime you’re feeling inspired."
For more great kits check out : www.grainsurfboards.com
Or for what is available in Australia check out : Cape Boat Works
All these shots are from the Grain site
Friday, July 22, 2011
" Always Offshore" from WA.
Just had a call from Gary Bennett from Western Australia who is coming over with a few boards for the Wooden Board Day. He is a furniture maker and keen surfer. He has worked on a few projects with surfboard shaper Jim Banks from Byron. Check out some of his boards and boards inspired furniture.
“Always offshore” is Jahroc’s latest collaborative project where Gary Bennett, David Paris and Australian surfing and shaping legend Jim Banks have decided to pool their extensive skills to create a collection of fine wooden surfboards. By combining Jim’s 30+ years of surfboard design and shaping skills with Gary and Dave’s 30+ years of designing and creating furniture masterpieces crafted from fine Australian timbers, the trio believe they can create some of the finest wooden surfboards the world has seen. Some will be artistic wall pieces made from solid timber and others will be artistic wall pieces that can also be surfed on using the age old torsion box construction techniques that have been used in aircraft, surfboards, boats and furniture for centuries.
Wooden surfboards are really where it all began and there are certainly lots of replica’s being made these days. Jim and Gary wanted to do things a little differently and apply the contemporary lines of Jim’s surfboard designs to create some collectable art pieces made from some of our beautiful locally grown timbers in Australia.
Jim still takes a very hands on approach to his shaping and is constantly testing and improving his designs in waves all over the world. From Indo perfection to the raw power of Margaret River Jim is constantly putting his designs to the test. Gary and Dave are excited by the opportunity to use their skills and contemporary techniques of fine timber construction and apply to making surfboards.
Surf boards are such beautiful objects. All three artists are passionate surfers so the idea of sculpting a masterpiece that can be taken down from the wall, waxed up, then taken down to the beach for a surf and still be durable enough to be hung back up on the wall is immensely appealing.
Why “Always Offshore”? Well when it’s offshore at the beach the boys can go for a surf and get that buzz that surfers get. When the surf’s not on they can go to their workshop and get that buzz that woodworkers get when creating, so you see for these 3 it really is "always offshore"!!
The collection, when complete, will feature some hollow torsion box versions that will be surfable. All going well the boys should have a collection ready to exhibit in March 2010. Keep an eye on this page to check the progress on this upcoming exhibition."
Check out these great boards and other projects : www.jahroc.com.au/Surfboards.htm
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The McTavish collectors series 1959 Balsa Pig
Monday, July 18, 2011
The finishing touches
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Kiwi boys are hard at it building boards
to create more of his wonderful boards.
you can start to shape a board.
will have translucent green twin keel glass ons.
The inside scoop supplied by good mate Mike Cunningham who will be bringing a few of his hand planes and maybe a belly board.I haven't heard from Bobby Crisp if he is coming as yet . A be rap for the Kiwi boys who love to come over and slide a few warm winter waves as well. It is not that easy jumping on a plane with board bags full of wooden boards. Thanks guys for your support and the great effort that goes into it.We look forward to catching up and checking out your latest creations.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
John Cherry " The Master "
" Hi Grant,
It’s always a treat to see your name pop up in my in box. It always means something cool or creative.God, how I wish I could join you all down there for this one. I just sent (3) vertical display racks to Brookvale. NSW for some of John Atwills special boards. I wish I could have shipped myself with them."
" I have been delightfully (usually) busy for the last 4-5 months. One of the projects was for myself, an 8-0, 70’s style, lightening bolt-inspired, single-fin gun out of solid agave cactus with Peruvian walnut stringers. The fin is koa, maple and Macassar ebony. I glassed it double 6oz cloth on both sides. It still only weighs about 14 lbs "
" I had a good stash of agave that I had collected or harvested over the previous 1-1/2 years. I spent a long time trying to decide what kind of board would be appropriate for my special stash of wood. The 70’s pipeline gun denotes a special period and place in surfing history and of my own surfing history…..so I went with it."
" I truly wish I could join you guys and gals and see some of the incredibly cool stuff that I know will be on display at your 3rd Annual Wooden Surfboard Day. I send my warmest regards to everyone."
Sincerely, John Cherry
John truely is one of the masters of wooden boards that we have out there to be inspired by. Lets hope one day we get to see the big fella down under. Thanks for your continued support John.
John Cherry Woodcraft ~ Cherry Surfboards
Friday, July 15, 2011
The Spanish " Lightning Bolt "
" This is my second surfboard is a replica of a "lightning bolt", I started in November 2010 and finish in July 2011, I am very happy surfing the "singing bolt," she hisses when surfing, and it is son fun someone told me that could be the fins, and sanding could solve it, but who wants to silence a surfboard that sings.Not me."
"It's made of plywood ribs and stringer, and paulownia and cedar for the deck and bottom, and rails only paulownia. I shaped it and watsay the glass."
" Measures 7.8 "x 20" x 3 1 / 4 "has a very good bouyancy, a easy and safe " take off ", its fast, and turns very easily."
Its a great looking board and a very nice glass job to finish it off. Bamboo fins and all.Check out his video , which is a great insight into the building of the board.
Singing Bolt from Aitor veguillas on Vimeo.
You can check out his blog : www.woodsurfboard.org
And the guys who glassed his board : www.watsay.com
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wooden Surfboards Day 2011 & night at the Gold Coast Surf Museum
This is great opportunity to meet other people interested in building and riding wooden surfboards of all kinds. It is also a chance to hear from some very talented individuals who build them. Building a wooden board is not an easy thing to do but a very rewarding journey. Mitchell Rae, Paul Joske and Mike Grobelny will give a brief overview of their backgrounds and experiences with building boards. This will be followed by an open question and answer forum with the guys. This is just a sample of the talented shapers locally and internationally you’re likely to meet at the Wooden Board Day in the park at Currumbin Alley the next day.
With a keen interest in surfing he applied his newfound high-tech skills and modern technology and began experimenting using CNC routing and a large block of paulownia to create a surfboard that has the skeletal strength and high performance qualities of a synthetic surfboard.
Mike’s approach to wooden boards comes from quite a different direction and it will be interesting to see what he believes the future holds.
The Gold Coast Surf Museum is in Tomewin Street, Currumbin
Saturday 6th August 6.30pm for a 7pm start
$10 admission to the Museum includes one cold drink
To book a place or buy a ticket please call the Surf Museum : Ph: 07 5525 6380
Surf World Gold Coast is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to celebrating the history and culture of surfing.