Nov 112010

I stepped out of my workshop this afternoon, away from the bright lights and into grey day. When I went in I was wearing brown shorts and a black t-shirt. I looked down at my clothes and they were white with sawdust. The hairs on my forearm were filled with a thick layer of dust. It’s been a hectic month.

Just finished an 8.0 mini-malibu that’s being sanded at the moment and should be ready for sending shortly. Always have mixed feelings about sending boards away without surfing them. And then there’s one that’s going to be especially hard to send away – a 6.0 early 1980s twin-fin with a stepped rail that has come out beautifully. It’s going to be auctioned and the money will go to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Save Our Seas Foundation (blog post on this coming shortly).

Then in the background there’s the big project – the making of a 9.6 big wave gun. I’ve cut the stringer and I have some beautifully-grained 10-feet long planks. Now that I’ve finished with some orders, it’s time to plough on with this project – the idea of surfing it gives me goose bumps.

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