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Ode to Wood Surfboards

An 80 hour obsession with wood and surfing.

Ode to Wood Surfboards

Having made many surfboards in my surfboard building life, I have to say this was one of my all time favorite projects. I got the blank from Mark, the creator of Crooked Blanks, after meeting him in New York where he shlepped a bunch of blanks to Central Park for me to touch and feel.

There is something special that happens when you work with wood, something magical in my case. I am not sure what it is? I never did like ploughing through foam blanks—especially after understanding the chemical trail behind each PU blank.

Wood—now that is something different.

Once a tree.
Soon to be a surfboard.
And me.

Working with wood has a different quality to it, handling something that spent time slowly growing out of the ground makes one feel alive. As a shaper shapes a board he touches the material over and over, you might say he becomes one with the material.

I like working with wood and I'll be working with it more often.

Ode to wood.