Nov 112009

Here’s an unglassed version of the single fin I’ve just finished.

It’s looking good. All that remains is too tweak the rails and add a pin line. Many thanks to my friend Byron Loker who did some hard yards on sanding the deck, bottom and rails. He has done a great job, with a fine eye for the detail.

The interesting thing about this board is that the inside skeleton is made from old foam. The wood is Oregon pine cut from an old door frame and locally-grown Saligna Gum that I had lying around from the first board I made back in the beginning of 2008.

Photo: Byron Loker. I like the composure and the colours.

Oct 102009

Wood is a brilliant material to work with, but not without frustrations.

On the board I’m building at the moment, I’m stuck with the problem of a knot on the rail about 20 centimetres from the nose. I didn’t notice it on the plank when I laminated the decking, but now that I’ve planed a bit of wood off the surface, it’s mushroomed out and is causing some ugly eruptions on my otherwise beautiful rail profile.

Guess I’ll have to live with it and get it looking as best as I can. Note to self: Double check for badly placed knots in future.

On a positive note, I’m best friends with my Stanley block plane. What a wonderful piece of equipment. When I started shaping this board it was a bit blunt and not taking nicely, but I sharpened it up and it’s going beautifully. It fits in the palm so snugly that it’s almost like you’re taking the wood off with your hand sometimes.

Word of warning though; it’s possible to craft wood with great precision using a block plane, but you can also do a lot of damage if you’re not careful.