Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Watt's Wood and Mouldings in Queensland have a great guide on their website to show what different timbers weigh. And then gives you a rundown on what it is used for and what sizes they have in stock. All very helpful when deciding on what you want to achieve without adding too much weight and also what density different species are.
Monday, July 27, 2009
This stem when dried out is a very light weight woody fibre , great for boards. You will see old ones dotted around in gardens and all of a sudden they flower and this is the result.
From this rough looking collection of Agarve stems can come some beatuiful grain patterns.
Love the rustic look that it has. Some wood all glossed up is just not the same.
A classis Eli Mirandon twin pin with bamboo fins. We had one of the original ones at the Fish Fry this year.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tom’s living the good life in Noosa , but this summer he’s dragging himself out of paradise and around Europe, making it to Cornwall in August 2009. He’ll be hosting three alaia day workshops at Revolver in Newquay (01637 875730 firstname.lastname@example.org). Details as follows:
Dates: 21, 22 & 28 August, 10am start.
Cost: £325 per person (£100 deposit on booking). Places are limited to 8 people per workshop.
Includes: partially shaped alaia blank; the tools and guidance (provided by Tom and apprentice Matt) you’ll need to shape your blank; lunch (Tom’s legendary chilli, if you’re lucky); alaia DVD; private screening of Tom’s favourite alaia moments on film, plus Q&A session.
You might even get to catch a wave with Tom if the conditions are looking good.
Come along and share the stoke.
Details and pics grabbed from Driftsurf
Thursday, July 23, 2009
As was seen at the Japanese Fish Fry last month , the boys in Japan are really getting into the Alaia. I think even here in Australia we are going to see a lot of them this summer. As you can see there are new ideas being tested here with the channel bottom, now that should take the slide out of the sucker. Check out Naka and his mates at - www.kirimarusenbei.blogspot.com
At the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction that is on at the moment, a few records have been broken. A Bob Simmons foam and wood sandwich board from 1949/50 sold for $40,000 . A 1955 Matt Kivlin 10ft 4" Balsa board went for $39,000 along with a Tom Blake 13ft 8" paddle board for $20,000. Interestingly enough they are all on their way to Australia. Be nice to see the Simmons at the Fish Fry or Wooden Board Day. Oh well you can only dream.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"The two shells are then joined to the stringer. It has hand foiled King Billy fins and solid nose and tail blocks. The board rides well and there is something extra good about riding a board you have made your self out of timber , such a good feeling. I have also heard things like why not just get one of Greg's pu customs seems funny that you would go to all that work. Then f..k mate you should not be ridding that what if you ding it go hang it on a wall. It is definitely a talking point. I must say if I did not have Greg let me use his shape it would have taken me a long time to get a board to work." " We cant take our board shapers for granted. Also the good people at the laminator who helped out a lot and had the joy of me eye balling them as they drilled and set the fin plugs. "
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tony Crimmins just picked up his latest board from glasser Peter Mo. Pretty nice job. 10ft board and she came in at 11.2 kg. It is a ply frame with 6mm Paulownia skins and 6 + 6 on the deck and 6 on the bottom. As Tony said ... "She should be just the ticket for gliding across a few little sliders at Currumbin."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Here is a new board from Sydney board builder and wood worker Nathan Grey.
And I finished it with a natrual oil burnished in up to a 1500 grit, very slick finish.
It has a slight hull up for smooth entry then with a single concave running down through the fins."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Local surfer Frank Kaczmarek is getting into his project to build a wooden version of his foam board that he snapped in two.He is hoping to have it finished for August , or will bring it along to the park anyway. Mate there is a lot of work in building a board for the first time and looks like you are getting on top of it now.Thanks for sharing and we look forward to the finished project.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here are some pretty tidy wood detailing by Bobby Crisp for Wellington in New Zealand. He is currently in Hawaii catching a few warm rays and south shore waves before heading over to the Gold Coast for the wooden board day on the 9th of August. Looking forward to catching up with him and checking out his boards up close.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Mark Riley has been building balsa boards since 1996 in Sydney. He sells balsa and anything you need to build a balsa board yourself. Here are some new pieces to blend with your wooden board. A great idea and they are at great prices . They have longboard fin boxes with side fin boxes set for $37. A thruster set for $32. Quad fin set for $44. Longboard single fin box by itself $12. And Leash plugs are $1.50. They also build a great range of boards.