Planing planes, by hand

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If you’re into reading about purveyors of personal propulsion devices (aka watermen), then you’ll know what these are. Come hell or high water? Avocado Coast proudly presents the Baked Potato hand plane lineup for body surfing. It’s a sport, I swear, just look up Mark Cunningham.  These are on sale at Aquaholics Surf Shop in Kennebunk, Maine and although not quite selling like southern hot cakes, I did see a young grom try it on today while in the shop. It was rewarding to say the least. Artwork and shaping both done by myself. Wood lay up is Cedar x Maple stringer.

 

Handmade Cruiser

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You give up a lot when you search for surf in colder climates. Including anything pertaining to the warm and comfortable. Search the globe and one might not find winter waves more convenient and also lonely than in southern Maine. Vactionland’s “off-season” has a lot to offer, of course the trade off is that surfing Maine can be a rather cold and unpleasant experience. “It’s too damn cold!” Some will say. “Don’t you have to wear a dry suit?” Others will ask.

During the summer months, grey skies, tall pine trees and rocky point breaks are taken over by teslas, beach moms, and increased traffic. Around this time, I bring out my own summer wheels. I made it from an eclectic mix of hardwood stringers all salvaged from scrap bins. I once passed a tesla with it, I swear.

Pictures from Kennebunk Beach

29″ x 8″ x 5/8″

Walnut, Oak, Maple

 

 

 

Pass the ‘bucha!

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First time I had sampled Kombucha was in the front seat of my mothers car at the end of my fifth grade year. My reaction to the acrid liquid looked a lot like I had just drank vinegar. Well… I was only eleven. The second pint was at a whole foods in Andover (typical I know). The third and fourth were also, probably, from G.T. Daves well stocked collection across from the burrito station (where I hung out in high school), but for a better story, it was around this time that I began the relatively easy process of crafting my own organic brew. So the fifteenth fourth pint came from my own kitchen.

Here’s a shot of my own brew, likely a half dozen tries away from achieving something characteristically and tastefully Maine… It was more fiery than sweet, but also cost me less than a quarter. Soon enough I’ll attempt ‘Sunday Morning Pancakes’ which will combine blueberries and maple syrup.

What was once hard to find, or at least offered an odd experience in the process, is now stocked at your local store. So if you see a glass or tap of this tasty beverage, get after it.. If making by hand, opt for ginger and fresh squeezed juices, like lemon, orange, or grapefruit. Assuming you like the same thing I like.

Thanks to the Urban Farm Fermentory for the professional bottles that they did not hand me directly.