Monday, March 26, 2012


Resin tint paint job.

First deck lams on.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


At this stage the bottom has
3 x 4oz & 1 layer of carbon.
That is daylight you can see through the bottom lam.
The deck has been dug out
using a variety of tools.
A 4" grinder, a convex surform,
a small block plane for the stringers,
and 40 grit sand paper on soft pad.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I've been collecting old pre loved boards
for the hand planes I've been making.
This piapo is from one of the old boards.

The original plan was to do a
timber alaia style hard rail with a glass bead.
But, as the shaping progressed it became
obvious that the blank was to thick to do this.
So it has a 50/50 rail all the way through.

First lams on bottom.
I'm doing a Greenough style spoon deck.
That's why I kept the blank as thick as it is.

I've had a roll of carbon lying around
for close to 10 years now.
This seemed like a good project to use some of it on.
I need to keep this thing pretty stiff.
By the time all the foam is removed
there is not going to be much of a structure left.
Hopefully the carbon will keep on keeping on.

Not sure what the weight is.
Carbon warp, S glass weft.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I bought this RUPES sander
back in the early 80's.
Working in the composite boat building industry
and restoring a 16' timber putt putt
I thought it would be a worth while investment.
30 years later it is still going strong.
The only things that have been replaced
are the electrical brushes, the rubber boot and the paper clamps.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


I picked up this old beauty about
6 months ago.

No fin.
Many dings.
Delams on deck from knee paddling.
And some genius has tried to reshape the nose.
It could be 6" shorter than original.
Some homework needed here.

The last owner was toying with having it restored.
The cost, due the amount of work needed put him off.
 He asked if I was interested in buying it.
So I did with no intention of restoring it.
The more I looked at it, the more I thought 
it may be worth doing.
It has a nice rocker and outline.
It has been said that the best of these 
old logs have been surfed into oblivion.
Maybe this one, is one that has survived. 

The foil looks promising.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


The bottom has been patched up and filler coated.
As has the deck.
Pigment coat over the large delaminated area.

Pin lines added.

Fresh filler coat.