Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tri-Fins, double-foil x 3 for 10'-6" Al Merrick Gun

Woods: Redwood lace burl, sandwiched between quilted maple.

This incredible board is a colaboration by al Merrick and Larry fuller. I have done lots of fins and finsets for Larry's special boards. I was stoked to get to help with this one. It began as a solid redwood board by Al. Larry Supplied the wood, Old groth California heart redwood from a defunct winery in northern California. The wood was once part of a room-sized cask that aged california red wine. Larry has his own secret (really) sources for incredible woods. Larry took the shaped board apart at Jimmy Phillips shop and chambered it, bringing the pre-glass weight from around 110 about 28lbs. In this photo, I had just finished cheater-coating the board with a 50/50 laminating resin and styrene mix, an absolutely necessary step to prevent the wood from "gassing" as well as absorbing too much resin when glassed. The same treatment was required for the redwood fins.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

11-0 Glider for Chris Tomlin

Pick-up Day. My young shaping apprentice, C.T. could have shaped this one himself, but he wanted one from me. The outer-space shine is from reflective tape on his USMC sweat suit. This American Hero, an E.O.D. specialist, has 4 tours in Iraq. He deserves to shine!

Glassing: by Michael Miller Surfboards
dbl 8oz volan both sides + 8oz volan deck patch.
Fin: 10" flex, 12" up. Finnish ply with sapele veneer.
Aloha C.T. JC

Tyler's # 2. Ready for the Glasser.

Blank layout: I glued up a 2" center T-band of agave and 1/8" cedar. The 3/16" outboard
T-bands I glued up with 3/32" cedar / balsa / cedar .

Woods: Fin, Tail block and Nose block are of old-growth, curly redwood, Peruvian walnut, American walnut and flame maple.
Your basic point-break, single-fin long board.
Dimensions: 9'0" ~ n 16" ~ w 22-1/2" ~ t 14-1 /4" ~ th 3"