Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hillbrook School's Sustainability Day

It was great to be invited to attend and be a part of Hillbrook Anglican School's Sustainability Day today. Trent Palmer who is a teacher there runs their wooden surfboard building classes for students, their parents and other teachers. The late Geoff Moase helped Trent start the classes a couple of years ago. Stuart Bywater and myself have both supported Trent, as we think it is a great initiative and learning experience. The Sustainability Day just pulls it all together and gives it greater meaning.
 A student and his dad were on hand working on a board

The board to be won.
A great day and happy to be a part of it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RIP the Mighty Wiz

Wiz, I am going to miss you mate. What a great craftsman, fin maker and story teller. A real charater of the surf industry. I am so sorry I didn't know of his passing until recently. I have some great fins he made abd some great memories of our time together.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Brian's new boards

Brian Punch and his son Josh have been some of my long time test riders and have given me some great feedback over the years. Brian loves all sorts of boards and loves to try something different as he surfs most every day at Currumbin Alley. He doesn't mind glassing  his own boards so I shape them and he finishes them. Here are some of the latest ones.
 The Simmons may be Josh's 3rd or 4th. 5ft of fun and Josh is around 85kg
 Two totally different outlines but share a common bottom design. Single into double and V out through the tail, with a rail chine.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

5ft 10" x 22" Wooden Hydro V

 Marine varnish over hand painted and distressed water based paint. Light, quick and cheap.
 EPS core with Paulownia skins and rails
 Concave deck
True Ames keels
 We had a great stay at Atlantic once again for the Byron Bay Surf Festival.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

5ft 10" Greenough inspired edge board

 It was a good challenge to shape this board and I knew I would need to make a sanding block to help me out.
 And this is what I came up with a large dowell with 60 grit emery cloth glued to it. So I taped off the shape I wanted and just ran this around the edge.
 Came up pretty neat and tidy. I measured the depth on each side to get them the same as I went.
 It all flowed pretty well and the finished shape foiled out really well balanced.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you that I have built boards for and supported me in the past. I hope you are getting waves to share with family and friends over the break.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Have board will travel

This is a board I built for Peter Redmond and sent to New Zealand for him. He has since moved to the UK after getting married in Anitigua on the way there, as you do.The board is unglassed and finished in Lanolin.

"The board, oh my, the longboard you made me really is something special & I'm so pleased to be able to have & ride it.

In short we just had swell of the year in the UK & I got to take it out at Bournemouth Pier which is my local break with some decent swell.

The soft rails work really really good & it slides in such a nice variable progressive way. With the fin pushed forward turns fantastically too!"

Here's a vid of the swell..

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wooden 6ft 2" single fin for London based cinematographer , Haris Zambarloukos

 6ft 2" x 21" x 2 3/8" @ 35lt. Cut from a US Blanks 2lb EPS blank with 1/8" Paulownia stringer

 Haris liked the outline of this "Stubby" shape but wanted a little more going on, on the bottom, so we added a modified Hydro V bottom to it. Single concave to double to V out the tail and chines down each side to mix it up. It should be a little flyer in the breaks of Cornwall.
 The blank is cut 9mm thinner as it will have a 5mm deck and 4mm bottom skin of Paulownia added.
It will be finished, unglassed in Lanolin.
 Complete outline prior to me scribing the rails and cutting them off to add the wood to the blank.
Rails off and ready to add first rail bands
 5mm rail bands all round
All trimmed up ready to add skins
 5mm deack skin and 4mm bottom skin in the bag for 2 hours
Solid as a rock, ready to take off any over hanging skins all round and then to add the actual 5mm rail bands.

7ft 2" x 23" x 2 1/2" @ 55 lt for Bevan Wong

 2lb EPS US Blanks cuts and finishes up pretty tidy.

 We are going with a carbon tape strip down the top and bottom stringer line, nose to tail to stiffen things up. Carbon mesh over the tail area. 4oz cloth with Inegra under 6oz on the deck and 6oz bottom. Bevan is 6ft 3" and 100kg.
"That is sweet, what a fantastic Christmas present. Great job, the plan shape and open tail look very nice. I don't know about you, I buy lots of stuff consumer goods, cars, houses, properties, the latter because there is economic value in it. New surfboard stoke is difficult to beat in terms of excitement and value! "
Now that is a happy customer, thanks Bevan ... Merry Christmas.
First day, fin boxes , Carbon strip 40mm wide and 6 oz.all over.
 Next, carbon strip  40mm wide , Carbon Vector net 1inch diamond patch , Quad axial 4oz cloth with Innegra and 6oz all over.