Around two years ago, I found a really sweet piece of walnut. It was someones off-cut, clear as day, being weirdly thin and not quite rectilinear. The lighter edge will tell you that this piece has a splash of outer layer wood contrasting the dark heartwood grain. I was able to sketch a fin on this gold piece of scrap, create a diagonal cut, and insert my own walnut and oak endgrain checker pattern. The 21 1/2 squares are blocked by thin maple stringers, clamped between the walnut. Great project, but only time will tell if this fin ever sees time in the ocean. For now its a cool show piece.
I’ve got a knack for creating curves. Without a template or much difficulty, I seem to trace new and interesting shapes into each Avocado Coast board. Besides the wood layup, its the most interesting step in creating my own skateboards. This particular one is my new set of wheels for Oregon. Somewhere around the 5th or 6th build, I began rounding the edges into a 50/50 manner, much like a vintage Hansen shape. This redefined the exposed pattern of hardwoods and transformed my view of these small but mighty land cruising vehicles. First time rolling on Acid Chemical Co wheels and beautiful polished Paris trucks. Sounds like a winning combo to me. Two claps for the coast…
Shout out to Lesley for admiring my board in Ogunquit during this photography session. It was a pleasure.
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 from walnut and rock hard maple…Second board features a bird’s eye pattern, also maple, but live edge. Suppose I should let the photos speak for themselves.
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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