Monday, November 21, 2011

MORE SUMMER FUN

They measure in at about 20" and 3'4"
Not sure what you would call the one on the left.
A double hand plane maybe.
It has a full length concave bottom.
The piapo has a spooned out deck
and full bottom camber.

My partner Kay says the piapo is great.
The double hand plane is yet to hit the water.

Friday, November 18, 2011

HANDPLANES GALORE

Just finished.
Only four left.
More on the way.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

SURFBOARD EJECTS FROM ROOF OF CAR

I don't normally post about ding repairs.
But this one is worth showing.
I always get wry smile
and have a bit of a giggle to myself
when I hear stories about boards ejecting from
the roof of cars.  

The last thing holding the board
to the roof of the car was the leg rope.
Which must be still attached to the plug.
Because the plug isn't in the board. 

I know it is not funny when it happens to you.
It has happen to me too.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Back when I was a grom in the early 70's 
cutting my teeth amongst older lads at the Wedge.
These SHANE Standards were standard equipment 
for grommets up and down Sydney's Northern Beaches. 
And beyond.
My first modern board was one
as was my partner Kay's.
My parents had a business relationship 
with Shane and we would go down Shane's 
big red brick factory on Mitchell Rd in Brookvale
to buy clothes and ugg boots and other stuff
he was producing for a shop they had.
This meant that I got to go out the back to see where the magic happened.

  

Friday, October 28, 2011

FARRELLY RESTO

A bit of progress on the Farrelly.
Rails re bonded.
Old leg rope plug removed and
the hole filled, then a layer of 4oz to
tie everything together.
Finally some filler to build up the lows.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

SAM UPDATE

New 'SAM' logo supplied by DigiArt Imaging
 ready for glassing.

Logo ready for filler coat.
The board has now been sanded
and is waiting to be glossed.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NOT QUITE NEXT IN LINE

Every so often a board comes in
and I say to my self
 can't wait to start this one!

Not that I don't love working on all restorations.
Some seem more special.
Hard to put a finger on it.
But I do have a fondness for boards from this era 
and a bit before. 

A bit of work to do here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TRIPPLE TREAT

The middle one is for me.
The other two are birthday presents.
The two on the right have concave bottoms.
The one on the left has a v bottom.

Monday, August 29, 2011

SURFAPIG OPEN 24 HRS

Mike Black at
recently sent me a 'surfapig' t shirt.
Stoked, to say the least.
Thanks Mike.

Check out Mike's blog
at the above link.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

STICKY PIG WANTS TO GET WET

Finished and needing a wash.
9'6" x 23" x 3"
Wide point 6" behind centre.
N 17''
T 17"
pod 7"

Surfblanks 'Slick' foil.

The outline was born in the 60's.
The nose to 12" is from a 'DALE' Pocket Rocket / Tracker.
12" to wide point 'GORDON WOODS' circa 65/66.
Wide point to pod 'SHANE' step deck circa 68/69.

And mini me of sorts.
I shaped the little double ender in 2008.
I spent some time pondering on the colour work.
And I kept coming back to mini me.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

STICKY PIG CONT'D

Deck glossed.
Bottom tomorrow.

Could be in the water come the weekend.

Friday, August 5, 2011

STICKY PIG

This one is a little bit more subtle than my last one.
Wide point 6'' not 12" behind the mid point.
The tail is 17" not 18".
The nose is the same 17".
Also less rocker and
less bottom camber.

This one was shaped from a proper blank.
None of this rescue board malarkey.
Got hold of some cheap blanks from a
closing down sale.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

MINI SIMMONS UPDATE



Finished and ready to go surfing.

Friday, July 29, 2011

OVER THE HUMP

 You know spring is not far off around these parts when
the Australian Cedar next door starts shooting.
The timber cutters from years past 
use to spot the sort after Australian Cedar in the spring
by looking for the bright red leafs 
emerging from this deciduous tree.

The resident Magpie pair are now lining their nest
with the hair from my recent haircut.

And this bloke.
The good old Australian Brush Turkey.
Building a brand new nest
for his lady friends to lay their eggs in.
He has been at it, scraping leaf mulch from all around
up onto his nest for a couple of weeks now. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DILLON UPDATE

Freshly glossed.

An effort has been made
to keep as much of the original 
and pre restoration  finish as possible.
 There are areas that have been repaired in the past
and not re pigmented.
Some of these areas have been repaired where needed
and not re pigmented.

There are dents and scratches
 that have been left as original.

This board is not going to be polished.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

SHANE A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY

Introducing Shane.

Weighs in at 5'7"
He's a little twisted.
He has a few warts on his bottom.
But we love him.

He's a bit chubby around the middle,
but that is pretty standard.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MINI SIMMONS PROJECT UPDATE

Lesley has finished shaping the mini Simmons.
The groove is where the original snap was rejoined.
Lesley ground it out for the shaping.
It will be filled prior to glassing.











One of Lesley's mini planes
on the nose of
 her mini Simmons.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

SCOTT DILLON REVERSE D FIN

I've been working on this old Scott Dillon for a while now.
Original pigment over glass job.

The nose and tail are pretty battered.

Even though they have been repaired in years gone by.

Repaired and faired up.
Ready for some pigment.

Freshly pigmented.

Old foil logo.