Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
I just delivered new quad sets to Mitch's Surf Shop in Solana Beach. Below, center are AK-4's. L and R are (2) sets in a template that I did for Thomas Campbell and Danny Hess a couple years ago. Both called it a "magic" fin set.
More Marine Ply: Mitch's also has some great twin keel sets available. In a few days they will also have some popular "D" templates for longboards and Nuueva noserider glass-on single fins available.
My good friend and Silver jewelry artist, Lynne Merchant has used a specialized hammer like the one below, designed in France, as one of her primary tools of her craft. They are no longer available here in the US. Lynne is also a renound teacher of silver jewelry making. In the past she was able to provide these hammers for sale to her students. To continue to do so, she found a machinest who was willing to recreate the hardened steel hammer heads....but she needed someone to reproduce handles for them.
She asked me if I would be able to do it. Although I had never turned a stick of wood in my career, I did own a lathe that I purchased 10 years ago, thiking that one day it might come in handy.
I agreed to give it a try for her. Below are photos of the results. It shows (7) of (14) handles that I turned and assembled for Lynne. It's a ton of fun.....And they are being bought up as fast as I can turn them out.
Woods, L to R: Cocobolo, Bacote, Mahogany
Monday, July 22, 2013
I just finished this one for my good buddy, Kevin Dotson.
It has a slightly kicked nose, rolled on the bottom, which blends into a subtle, single-concave bottom with hard downrail trailing edges.
Woods: Old-growth redwood, curly redwood with maple pinlines.
Have fun Kev.
Monday, July 1, 2013
For Dan Wenger's new Tyler longboard.
Tyler template-Cherry fin
Woods: Hawaiian koa and sapwood koa (gray tone), Peruvian walnut and flame maple pinlines.
Below; hand-fit to the standard center box at the shop.
At home in Dan's Tyler ~ VERY cool.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
I picked this one up today from Glasser, Michael Miller. It belongs to Dan Wenger of Rancho Palos Verdes. Even with a sturdy glass job, including opaque resin panels and a 4" chambered-balsa stringer this board still has a beautifully light weight. Michael did a flawless glass job (as usual).
Monday, June 24, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This set is for a 6'-8" For Surya-C in Japan. The board will have a T-band stringer and volan glass.
Woods: American black walnut and flame maple.
This set is for Simm-21 #50, featured in the previuos post.
The wood is redwood burl.
both sets shown cheater-coated, ready to laminate
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I wanted to do something special for Simm-21 #50. It has (8) blue-weight foam sections, Ultra-light balsa rails and (9) 1/12" cedar stringers. It is actually delightfully light, good wood being the key.
Many thanks to all of my friends and customers for the word-of-mouth promotion of the Simm-21 model that brought it to the five-O mark. Now I need to start dreaming on #100.