Monday, November 21, 2016

9 foot performance longboard for Dave Ogle

A simple way to scribe the rails and cut them off

 End grain Paulownia makes it easy to bend around a tight tail and steam helps get it round the nose.
3mm rail band on not a lot of foam.

End grain timber makes it easy to wrap around a tight tail.
Very sharp and a great weight to slice along those rail bands.
6mm wrapped round the outside and trimmed down.
Rocker bed set up ,blank on top and 5mm skin cut and ready.
I normally bag the top and bottom skins on together but this board has a lot of nose to tail rocker and deck roll which means the 5mm has a lot of bending and pressure on it to pull down. So I steamed along the rails and in the middle which softend it up lots.
So as you can see it pulled it down and we now have one very soild unit

Sunday, November 20, 2016

5ft 10" keel fish

 A slightly modified Hydro V bottom with chines and a concave deck. US Blanks EPS and 1/8" Paulownia stringer. Nice  foam and shapes well. I have a set of wooden keels for it.
5ft 10" x 22" x 2 1/4" 35 litres

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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.

Carbon added to the underside where the wood won't bend
All trimmed up
Going to be a nice contrast with the wood.
 Looking good
Get those first rail bands on.

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