Monday, 29 April 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
Pete's back home after working away and is keen to get stuck in to the next stage of his SUP build.
This is proving to be probably the cleanest, straightest builds I've ever seen.
The first part of his build is HERE
This is going to be a special board, streets ahead of anything you'll see in a surfshop full of plastic popouts. Crafted by a tradesman with skills and ethics not seen everyday.
Hard to see but the inside of the panel is laminated with 6oz glass fabric and epoxy. Pete's gluing jig has been built accurately so he can trust it to keep his rocker nice and fair. Those curves are dead-set beautiful...a machine could not make them better.
Good idea of Pete's to use cargo straps. Pressure is spread evenly and curves remain smooth.
I re-sawed the western red cedar to give it that tiger stripe thing.
Pete's concaves have retained all their shape. It's fine to shape concaves into a frame, it's another entirely to ensure they show themselves accurately in the final shape, and Pete's really nailed it.
Stay tuned for this one.
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Currumbin Alley stand-up paddler Peter turned up at our shop all fired up to build himself a wooden SUP. Pete has about a thousand year's experience as a carpenter so, though it will still challenge his skills, I expect him to do it relatively easily.
Pete's current SUP is 9'6" x 30" x 41/4". This one is to be 8'6" but still 30" wide and almost as thick, so it's compact but still has a mile of volume (114 litres I think?)
It is immediately clear by Pete's workmanship that this is going to be a quality job. All cut by hand and all clean and precise.
Keeping the perimeter strip nice and fair can be tricky around the nose of a build like this but Pete has his outline sweet.
Hard to see but there's a mighty double concave from mid-board down through the tail. So far not much over a kilo so weight should end up more than respectable.
You can get everything you need to build this big guy HERE
Or email email@example.com
Thursday, 4 April 2013
TOOK SOME NEW BABIES TO BURLEIGH FOR THEIR FIRST DAY OUT
HOPE THEY CAN GET WET SOON.
Ironic that these boards all arrived at our workshop in this very van as raw timber.
A board for any conditions
All Aussie-grown paulownia except for the balsa guy on the right. He's got a bit of Queensland cedar in him though.
All sensibly designed with some volume,
And not a single ridiculously garish quiksilver or billabong sticker to be seen.
We're right off that trip maaaan!.
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Friday, 29 March 2013
It's a beautiful piece of engineering really. Solid brass and perfectly cut. It takes quite a few practice runs but, once you get used to it, makes a nice crisp brand. It would be nice to be able to say it was heated in a campfire by an isolated pointbreak, but no.... blowtorch.
A tip if you get one of these guys made, try to keep all your burning surfaces the same lineweight. See how the thick logo outline burns darker than the thin outlines and fonts. You can compensate to a point by selective heat application.
It is a bit nerve wracking applying it to a finished product which may have taken many hours to complete but it's a good feeling when you pull it away to reveal a nice clean brand.
A light sand tidies it right up.