Ode to Wood Surfboards
Having made about 100 surfboards in my short surfboard building life (over ten years in), 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 all those foam pieces—especially knowing the chemical trail behind each PU blank.
Wood however, now that is something different.
Once a tree.
Soon to be a surfboard.
Working with wood has a different quality to it, handling something that spent time slowly growing out of the ground makes one feel—well—alive.
As a shaper shapes a board he touches the material over and over, something about that wood just did it for me.
I like working with wood and I’ll be working with it more often.
Ode to wood.