I have a friend in Galveston who is an artist who has built five wooden boards now. The first one was with his teenage son for a school project and it was soooo awesome he built 4 more different size and shape boards. They are completely functional, inside is hollow airplane wing type support. He added a removable thumb screw on the back of the deck to relieve the pressure so if it is out in the sun so they will not split but put the screw back in so it is water tight when used.
I bought two of them from him over the past year and placed in my house as works of art. They are beautiful and everyone is amazed at these when they see them. He spent hundreds of hours on these things and I paid him $1000 for one and $800 for the other.
He got the plans from some builder in Cali, paid for the stuff, talked to him over the phone several times and off he went. We surfed the first board he made just to make sure it actually worked. Well, it works, kinda.....by some way different standard. Things are made as light as possible and they are still tanks that will take your head off. Once up they hold a wave much differently than anything else you've every surfed but it wasn't fun AT ALL!
Point is if you want art, pay for art. If you want to surf pay for the latest and greatest proven technology like any other sport. You don't see football players wearing leather helmets any more...do you.
More than happy with my 2 wall hangers and they even mean more to me since they were built (not shaped) by a friend. $1800 well spent in my opinion but that's where it stops.
I'll snap a couple pics of the tonight and post so we can see what ole Roy thinks about them!
Post them up by all means.
You seem to be making a case against wood as a material, and that can be assumed to be a case against heavier boards. Weight is just another design parameter,and it isn't the case that lighter is always better as we have been told for the past half a century.
On my last board, the 13-9 Dragon, my standard paulownia construction would have made the board at 35 pounds. I deliberately brought it up to 48 pounds and have previously ridden the same shape at 70 pounds.
The designs I use are able to take advantage of greater weight if desired. Mainstream 'Malibu' derived longboards are limited in that regard as they are very weight sensitive due to their unbalanced turning position.