Tree to Sea

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For those outside of the rather exclusive sustainable surf community, wooden surfboards have been gaining in popularity all over the world, as a re-evolution or reversal on the toxic crap that floods the surfing industry, then the consumer, and then our oceans.

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Handmade Board Rack

Working with wood is tedious. I rarely finish a project sooner than expected, but the end results are rewarding as long as the craftsman is persistent. Working out of my driveway, and with very few home power tools at hand, this one falls into the labor of love category rather uncontested. About two weeks ago, almost unexplainably, I wandered across three gorgeous pieces of stock white oak in the Portsmouth makerpace free bin. At first, I thought, these beams measuring over 37 inches long could be joined by a thick dowel and sculpted into a niceĀ coat rack. Finding a matching base would be tricky which is part of the reason I paired these up to create a surfboard + wetsuit rack. And well, you know, I enjoy an eco friendly, challenging surf design project as much as the next surfer.

The white oak matched well enough with some rock hard maple collected from my old friends in Virginia. A dense, 8.5″ x 2″ board of solid maple rests partially on the ground while supporting the structure laterally. A couple curved triangles salvaged from Huston and Co. (local cabinetry pros) provided a more stable foot base. What once was an experimental shape turned practical by the solid oak and exquisite dowel supported joints. Two bronze or faux bronze, I don’t know, hooks were attached at both shoulders for wax combs, fin tools, and leashes to dangle. Fun build all in all. Only question is wether or not it’s tiny house material…