Saturday, December 18, 2010

ALMOST FINISHED


Five days to go.
This image was taken at the end of last week,
so some of these boards are now gone.
But there is still a bit to get through.
Then its three weeks of surfing, sleeping in,eating,
and maybe the odd trip to the dark side.
SUP  OSITORY
I'll say no more.


That's if my hands last the distance.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A BOARD WITH A LIGHTNING BOLT ON IT

I've been working on this board
for a while now.
But I have neglected to post any images.
The deck is in pretty good condition,
apart from a dodgy leg rope plug instalation.

The bottom and rails haven't been so lucky.
So the first thing to do was to sand
and glass the rails.
Now the dings and lows can be repaired
without worrying about sanding through.
The original pinlines on the deck are now protected.

Cutting the lap.

The deck lap.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

HARTLEY HI- RIDER UPDATE

A new fin has been made and set.

The bottom has been sanded ready for glossing.

Monday, November 22, 2010

TWO MORE

Two more to restore.
A Bluebird built at Bennetts.
And a Piping Hot twin fin.

Friday, November 19, 2010

REALLY COOL LAMS


If your are into a bit of colour in your lams.
Have a lookhere.
They are works of art.
For hanging on the nose.
Not the wall.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MC COY TWIN FIN

Just in for a restoration.
Those fins look like walrus tusks.

A bit of lateral thinking here.

Leg ropes have come along way
since this prototype.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

HARTLEY HI-RIDER

The nose and tail on this board were in bad shape.
Rather than try and repair them.
It was easier to cut them off and replace them
with cedar blocks.

Primed and ready to glass.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SHAVINGS

I've been making some cedar
nose and tail blocks
for a board that I am restoring.

It is a special a sound, a razor sharp plane makes,
when cutting through soft timber.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BACK TO FRONT

I've retired on of my logs.
I'm not quite sure what to do with it.
My options are.
Sell it.
Strip it and shape another.
Or do nothing and have it getting in the way.

While it was getting in the way the other day,
I was looking at it and I had a light bulb moment.
What if I stick a fin on the nose I thought!

Rocker looks ok.
Not sure if I can be bothered.
At the end of the day
there is still no camber in the bottom
and it is back to front.
Might be easier to sell it 
or just let it get in the way. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

STEVE CORE SURF

The G&S production team during the twin-fin era in Floyd's original Taren Point Road factory:
 Standing LtoR; Paul Cole [shaper], Terry Hammil [owner/polisher], Steve Core [pinlines & finish coater], middle; Colin Eagle [shaper], floor left; the late Greg 'Kirby' Kerr [sander]
 floor right; Dave Wilson [glasser].

   I recently received an email from Steve Core
promoting his new blog. Have a look here.
Steve worked for many of  Sydney's South side name surfboard manufactures during the 60's.
Steve had his on factory building Steve Core Surfboards in the late 60's early 70's
Steve's new blog is a history of Cronulla Surfboard Makers, Shapers and Surf Shops.
Steve also is blogging about stuff that is going on around the traps. Auctions, swap meets and exhibitions etc.
Well worth a look particularly if you are into the history of Sydney's South side surfboard manufactures.


                      
                                              
                                                

Saturday, October 9, 2010

EXTREME GARDENING

No surf today. The wind was up early.
What to do?
Lets get stuck into a section
of the front yard that needs some attention.
Gardening in our neck of the woods can be a life and death pastime.
As Jimmy Buffett sings in his song,
"Peanut Butter Conspiracy"
It was a two man operation
Had it all down on a note
Ricky would watch the big round mirror
And I'd fill up my coat 

Gardening around here is a two man operation.
One of us digs and the other
looks out for our gardening nemesis.
The deadly Funnel Web spider.
The one we dug up today would easily
reach from one side of the palm of your hand to the other.
We have picked these spiders up on a spade
and heard them striking the metal with there fangs.

At the other extreme in our garden is this fella.
Again it would stretch from one side of my palm
to the other.
You don't need to be a rocket scientist
to work out which creature one would prefer
to have sitting in ones hand.  


Sunday, October 3, 2010

LESLEY'S SHED


Lesley Adamski is a extremely talented crafts person.
Far more talented than she gives herself credit for.

Lesley builds surfboards from recycled and plantation grown timber.
And endeavours to keep the finishes as green as possible.

Lesley's talents aren't restricted to only surfboards.
She has built a gaff rigged, clinker sailing dinghy.
As well as one off pieces of furniture.

Lesley also owns the odd plane.


Monday, September 27, 2010

SYDNEY SURF AUCTION

Lots of very nice boards were up for auction this year.
The three at bottom right are. 
A Greg Noll 'Fains Formula'.
A Dewey Webber with a hatchet fin.
And a restored Bing 'Nuuhiwa Noserider'.
Three balsa pigs were also up for grabs.
As were many imaculate 70's single fins.



Friday, September 17, 2010

THE EYES HAVE IT



Ever feel like you are being watched.
Every day when I sit out on the deck having my lunch
these guys show up.
Mind you the chooks spend most their time there.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WOOD IS GOOD

 Bill Cilia, a mate of mine and surfboard builder (nirvana surfboards )
 has been restoring a balsa pig.
   The photos show Bill and the board through various stages of the restoration.

Unfortunately it is a no name, but the blank glue up and construction
was done by someone with a fair bit of skill for the time.

The timber fin was left intact, cleaned up and re glassed.

The board is 9ft long by 20 inches wide.

Viva the pig.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

LESLEY ADAMSKI

I've posted this image before.
Have a look here 
There is a feature on Lesley Adamski at left, and her wooden surfboards.
Well worth a look.

Friday, September 10, 2010

WOOD IS GOOD

 A bit of a teaser.
Stay tuned. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

GW

Just in.
Ding repairs and a polish.
This is a rider.
Soon to be seen at old mal comps.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SIMON ANDERSON

I've restored five or six boards
for the owner of this board over the last few years.
He rides them all from time to time.
This is the first board he wanted me to do.
But this is one board he wouldn't be riding
so it was always put off.
But not any more.
It has been started.
At last.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

REFLECTIONS





Sometimes it's hard to shoot images of glossed boards
without getting some reflection.
I enjoy seeing it on boards in other blogs.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WHERE'S MY PHONE!

If you value your mobile phone don't do what I did this morning.
I went out to do some work on the Kombi
I put my phone on my partners care while I unlocked mine
and promptly forgot about it.
When she left for work, I watched her drive away.
She soon returned. She had forgotten her watch.
Again I watched her drive away.
Phone still on the roof.
Where's my phone I soon wondered.
Doh!
I found it about 200 metres past where she said she turned around. 


Friday, August 20, 2010

THE BOUDDI GRAND DEEP

We are pretty lucky to have this virtually in our backyard.
To get to this vantage point is about a 15 minute walk.
You wouldn't think that civilization is less than a kilometer away.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

TO BIG FOR ME





Friday the 13th.
The bottom two images are of a
offshore bommie that only breaks when it is big.