The board is coming along nice Charles. Looks like it will fly once it is all done.
The 5'6" rasta fish. Concave is single right now but a double will be applied after the bottom is laminated on.
This is a good Idea... where are the pictures??? where ya at in the process?
This is where I'm at in the process lol
I'm using a wood called paulownia. It's similar to balsa but much better. The little fish weighs 9 lbs right now as seen.
awesome... where do you find paulownia in the states? I was under the impression it was indigenous to OZ and cost a fortune to get here?
Im digging this. I bought two paulownia "blanks" a while back..got the shipped from Hawaii.. it was my first attempt at shaping.. made an alaia. I surfed it once and caught a few waves before it split on me by the tail. Glued it up but haven't been on it since. I still have the other piece in the shed waiting to make something with. How much would you sell something this size for if you dont mind me asking?
The fish in the pic is actually for my brother who is paying me for the board however. I asked for the cost of materials which is 400 $ 300 for paulownia and 100 for resin and some other small items. Then when it's done he will throw me another 400 for my time which is nothing really. The color scheme is rasta so it's neat to look at too. Varying epoxy resin coloring for the intricate component parts in their layup.
You can buy paulownia is the US it's not cheap tho but the best wood for surfboards. Light, mills nicely, sands wonderfully, looks pretty good, it's just the best I think. Cedar is great too, probably better quality wood but it's heavier so I'm willing to sacrifice some quality for light weight.