Monday, October 17, 2016

New project under way

 A new project is always exciting to get started on.And this one has a few challenges ahead.
 7ft 6" edge board in EPS
I made a mini simmons and fish with these bottom contours a few years back, now and there seems to a new interest in them.
 Concave deck
Lots going on. Single to double to V and the hard edge holding it all together as a narrower planing area under a wider deck area.

Friday, August 19, 2016

New board for John Winship

John Winship loves his collection of hand shaped Skip Frye boards. But with a restriction of 9ft to take on the plane to the Mentawais in a couple of weeks he needed to scale one down. He showed me his 9ft 8" and we set about measuring it up and getting a file together. So we settled on a 8ft 10" with truster setup and fin boxes.
It was a mad scramble to get a blank and get it cut. But it all came together and I finished it off in the shaping bay under John's watchful eye.
 All ready for Mo to get into the glassing to meet a tight timeline.
 You won't miss John in the lineup.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

8th Annual Wooden Surfboard Day

Last weekend was the Wooden Surfboard Day. I never know who or how many people are going to turn up , but we had a great day and a really nice group of board builders. Magic Gold Coast winters day with swell all day and off shore winds. A steady flow of people checking boards out all day.
 The standard and quality of boards is better each year and some people show some amazing skills.
A big thanks to all the guys who turned up and to Jackie for helping make the day it was.
Heading home with 10 boards and another big day under our belts.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Gold Coast 1957

Produced by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1957. Directed by Richard Mason. Twenty miles of sea and sand on the coast of southern Queensland. The beaches between Coolangatta and Surfer's Paradise are known as the Gold Coast. Here, where it is always summer, there is an all year playground and tourist resort. One of Australia's most popular travel destinations. Shot in Vistarama and Eastmancolour.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

7ft 6" Hydro V for Larry

A little deeper in the butt crack to open up the tail as it is fairly wide.
 Larry said he wanted Tree Frog green, this is it

Sunday, June 5, 2016

3 the same for Heath

Heath wanted 3 x 8ft 1"mini longboards for himself and friends.
US Blanks EPS with lightweight stringers to hold the rocker. Straight off the AKU machine.

Cleaned up and scribe the rails to be cut off.
Home and ready to add the rail bands
Ready for the 3mm rail bands
All rail bands on
Clening up the rail bands
Getting setup to bag the top and bottom on
One in the bag and one ready to follow.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jun from Surfers Country Surfboards

It has been great to work with Jun on his first wooden board. He handshaped this 8ft x 22" pintail from a US Blanks EPS blank with a light stringer. He cut the rails off and gave me the board to get ready to bag.
I glued the 3mm rail band all round and cut the skins ready for him to come up and help bag it.
 My liitle bandsaw that I inherited from my dad has been so handy. Get it out when I need it and stash it under the work bench when finished. It is all I need for the size wood I need to cut.
Rocker held at each end and ready to get into it.

 Getting the glue on one side
Setting up the blank onto the bottom skin
Bottom skin lined up and getting the glue down for the deck skin. As you can see you don't need a lot of glue as it foams up and expands as it goes off.
Tape the two skins in position so they don't move around as you get them into the bag.

Skins glued on and slide her in the bag
Locked and loaded and in 2 hours it is all done.
Jun has taken the board home and added the first 2 rail bands

All the 5mm rail bands on and read to clen up and shape the rails.