Friday, August 2, 2013

Quad Sets Available at Mitch's North in Solana Beach

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.
Below; AK-4's 
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.
Aloha!  JC

5'10" Simm-21 for Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell, from Newport Beach, picking up his freshly glassed Simm-21. 


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

Handplane for K.D.

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.

8.5, Frye Template, Marine Ply Box fin

This one is for Phil Ward, Marketing Director, Oakley South Pacific.  It will be steering an 11-0 glider that Larmo recently shaped for him.

Aloha Phil!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Koa Box Fin for a Classic Tyler Longboard

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

8'2" Simm-21 for Dan Wenger

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).

Aloha Dan,  JC

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hawaiian Koa

Simple, elegant,  Koa for a 6'3" Simm-21 that I am shaping today.
In these photos fins are shown cheater-coated, ready to laminate.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Simm-21 Rudders

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

Simm-21 # 50 Ready for the Glasser

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.