Monday, December 27, 2010

Lukes Pig

Classic pig outline with the wide point behind halfway. 9ft 6" x 23" x 3"

Wide tail with big "pixie ear" custom fin by Wizz 2 1/2" up from the tail.Big rudder.

Luke was into the Goth / Cross an matt look with a wet rub finish.

Luke loves the board and nose rides it with ease.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Big Bob " Simmons"

Turned out pretty sweet really.

Bamboo fins by Paul from the Northern Fin Company

Glass by DMS Daniel MacDonald

Long concave right through blending in with the hullish nose.

S deck stands out in this shot.

I wanted to keep the twin fin original Simmons fin template , but thought I would experiment with having the last 1/3 cut away to lessen the base lenght and maybe free things up a little. Also moved the fins up 6 1/2" inches from the tail and sat them on top of the chine.I have to thank John Cherry for his inspiration and feedback. As well as Roger Hall and Dick Van Straalen for bouncing ideas off. But a big thanks goes to Bob Simmons for just thinking outside the square all those years ago.Imagine if he were still here now , where would surfing have gone ?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

10ft triple stringer pintail

1/4" Cedar stringer with 1/8" Cedar stringers 3" out each side in a Burford blue blank

Full rolled bottom nose to tail.

Lots of rocker and plenty of tail lift.

Pretty sweet outline

Very flat on the deck at the nose and the tail with the centre of the board having a rolled deck.

This is a copy of a 9ft 8" board that Micheal has had for some years but has gotten a little tired.
It is an interesting board in that it has about 4" of nose rocker and 5 1/2" tail lift , so it ends up with a pot belly at the wide point with the fully rolled bottom.A 12" racked fin that Wiz has foiled will sit right on the tail or at least the tip will be in line with the pintail.It was a bit of a test shaping my first multi stringer board , but actually ended up being not too bad.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The 10 foot Simmons for summer...

Went with the full width concave but added a chine to thin the rail out and sit the fins on top.

Nice blend with the S deck

I wanted to keep with the traditional simmons fin shape but loosen it up a bit .As it has a long base the best thing seemed to be to add the cut away to free up the flow.

I just finished shaping the 10 foot Simmons as my summer experiment. 10ft x 24". Looks good and can't wait for Dan to glass it. Have gone with a rolled entry and a full length concave with a chine in the back 1/3. The fins will sit on top of the chine. So there is quite a bit going on on the underside. Have a nice smooth S deck and it all blends pretty well.I have designed some double foiled cut away bamboo traditional Simmons fins. I have been inspired by what John Cherry has done with his balsa replica Simmons and he has been very helpful with sharing ideas and things that he has learnt from his experience and feedback from riding his board. I wanted to keep as much of the original Simmons outline rocker and fin shapes as possible. But with a tweek of some of what I have learnt with the Mini Simmons I have made.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

5ft 4' x 22 1/2" Mini Simmons.

This one has a nice curvy S deck and refined rails compared to alot of Simmons that are fairy chunky.It is not an easy board to shape as there is alot going on in a short length of board rail.

Hull entry

Full length concave nose to tail.

Hand foiled bamboo fins and set right on the tail and rail for heaps of bite. You really surf these off the tail and use your body like a skate boarder.

Two new Mini Simmons for Sean Scott at Coolangatta

Sean has a great coffee shop / cafe where he sells his beautiful photographs.It was great to be asked by Keith to build them a couple of boards.

5ft 6" x 22 1/2" with bamboo fins. They fly and guys have shad so much fun on the little 5ft 4" demo board I have been handing around.