Monday, December 28, 2009
Happy holidays! Back in early December my knee was feeling pretty normal...a little weak from inactivity, but it bent and there was no pain! So I went surfing and took it easy. Got a few days in the week of the 14 and even got a few overhead set waves from the swell that was coming through. Awesome...I thought I was back! But no, too much activity for the old knee and it swelled up like a grapefruit and refused to bend much the following day. Nice. So after a week of inactivity and some PT sessions, the swelling is abating and I have most of the movement back. So I'm looking at probably a couple of months with no surfing and super light activity. I guess I'll have time to do some more shaping.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Not much has been happening lately. Built a few boards, but mostly I've been in recovery mode. No the post Thanksgiving food-coma recovery, but post arthoscopic knee surgery for a torn lateral mensicus. This was an old injury and I can't even remember how it happened. Finally decided enough was enough and went to see an orthopaedic surgeon. I had surgery at the end of October and am still not back to 100 percent. It is amazing how fast the muscles atrophy. I did a some surfing about 5 weeks after the surgery and I felt like a stiff old man, confident enough to take off on only the smallest ankle-biters! It's getting better back in the water, but still a long way to go to get back to my pre-surgery level.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
After seeing some alaia boards a few years back I thought they looked like a fun building project. So I bought some fence boards or scavenged old cedar house siding and glued up a few blanks, and copied some shapes I had seen. I make a bunch in the 4 to 5 foot range and started riding them as belly boards. The funny thing is, these little boards have become my favorite type of alaia! I grab my 4 footer and fins and head out into either a nice clean day or mushy high tide small surf - it does not matter. I always find some sweet peelers either inside or outside in the lineup and usually get a couple nice little barrels. They are so much fun and super simple. They are much faster than a thick foam boogie board and way easier to paddle out and under bigger breaking waves. I almost always carry one or two in the car.
Fun tools for shaping
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I've been using my 4" rotary sander to make my channels lately, but it is noisy and dusty, so I though I'd make a hollowing plane. I found some white oak in the rafters and roughed out the plane in about an hour. I had an old orphaned iron i'd been using as a scraper, so I reshaped it with a slight radius and put an edge on it.
After some finishing, it looked like this:
Nice! Even better, it works quietly and makes no dust.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here is the latest 6 foot, 5/8-inch thick alaia. For me, this is the most succesful shape, as it paddles well and does not feel like you are trying to ride a 2x6.
A deep single channel in the last 1/3 of the board along with hard chined rails and some flat bottom sections work really well. You almost forget that there is no fin!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I ended up planking the top in sections. This has the advantage of being able to reglue edges that originally did not stick, but the eccentric clamping can also induce some twist into the board. Yeah, I got a little twist in the tail, but fortunately, the bottom plank is thick enought to thin and balance things. out. Stoked!