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Created by Tassiedevel 2 months ago, 12 Aug 2018
Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
12 Aug 2018 10:38AM
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Havent posted for a while -but have been busy building my first hollow wooden board in my spare time . My first board has come in a bit heavier then I would have liked ( about 8 kg for a 5 ft 8 board ) , and have had nightmares getting resin to dry in the wet / cold weather down here , but she is almost done. Anyone else building there own . Have found a source of King Billy Pine I reckon will greatly reduce the weight on the next one .Used a bit too much tassie oak in this one , looks good but heavy .

Macaha
QLD, 17013 posts
12 Aug 2018 10:55AM
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Can't help you with board building by please post some photos I admire all board makes

stuk
NSW, 841 posts
12 Aug 2018 2:12PM
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You might like to check out some of Andy Wallace's handywork. Fine craftsman and top surfer (bugger keeps beating me in the mal comps).

freedomsurfboards.com

www.instagram.com/andy_freedomsurfboards

Al G
NSW, 5711 posts
12 Aug 2018 5:14PM
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Some nice ones there mate,I didn't know he was around there.A guy here makes Paulownia timber boards!...
Oh and I'm back in the water againAnother needle tomorrow

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
12 Aug 2018 7:12PM
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Some really nice boards there Stuk thanks for that . Have yet to go down the paulownia timber path , mine at this stage are all made with timber scraps laying around . Have found coming home after work and ripping into a board with a planer / sander is a great de-stress when there is no surf around . Have 4 boards , 3 chambered and the 1 hollow all in various stages of build at the moment . Here are some pics of the hollow build so far - lots of hours in these . Would love to know if anyone has had a crack at a foam core wooden board - thinking that will be the next project . Hoping they surf okay but if not we always need extra firewood they should burn pretty good





















Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
12 Aug 2018 7:18PM
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And this one is a pic of what happens when resin with uv catalyst is taking days to dry due to moisture / low temp in mid tassie winter and is left out in the rain . .


stuk
NSW, 841 posts
13 Aug 2018 3:01PM
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Al G said..
Some nice ones there mate,I didn't know he was around there.A guy here makes Paulownia timber boards!...
Oh and I'm back in the water againAnother needle tomorrow


Good one Al Ted was up here today, said he's hitting Crescent for a couple of days then will be back through.

CRF
WA, 81 posts
13 Aug 2018 1:11PM
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nice one mate - keep it up.
I would have thought Tassie oak would be pretty heavy hey??
king billy would be great but I think in Tassie if you can get some celery top pine - would probably be the lightest you would get.
paulownia in Tassie would be pretty hard to find I would think.

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
13 Aug 2018 7:53PM
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Yep tassie oak is heavy - had a heap of offcuts in the shed and I love the colour so used them up . This one is every third strip tassie oak / Pine ( timber pallets )/ red cedar , which seemed okay but then used tassie oak in the nose block which really cranked the weight up . Haven't thought of celery Pine , will chase it up . We have used a bit of makrikarpa Pine in chambered boards , once again bit heavy .This one is a chambered Makrikarpa Pine board my son has made - in the line to be fibreglassed when the weather warms up .






Al G
NSW, 5711 posts
13 Aug 2018 8:29PM
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stuk said..


Al G said..
Some nice ones there mate,I didn't know he was around there.A guy here makes Paulownia timber boards!...
Oh and I'm back in the water againAnother needle tomorrow




Good one Al Ted was up here today, said he's hitting Crescent for a couple of days then will be back through.



Ah ok mate,had another needle this arvo and Doc says wait a few days to surf again

riverider
TAS, 889 posts
14 Aug 2018 1:15PM
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hi Tassie, tony has made a few hollow boards, the big problem is they can blow up and split the seams if left in the heat and then suck in the water
sure he can give you a few pointers.
cheers
Dave

Ricardo1709
NSW, 1034 posts
14 Aug 2018 4:37PM
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riverider said..
hi Tassie, tony has made a few hollow boards, the big problem is they can blow up and split the seams if left in the heat and then suck in the water
sure he can give you a few pointers.
cheers
Dave


Yeah you need a breather valve in them to let the expanded air out in hot weather,great to see some timber boards,they look so good

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
14 Aug 2018 6:18PM
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riverider said..
hi Tassie, tony has made a few hollow boards, the big problem is they can blow up and split the seams if left in the heat and then suck in the water
sure he can give you a few pointers.
cheers
Dave


Good to hear from you Dave . Was down the south of tassie last Thursday for one night . Macq 1 is pretty impressive .Was a windy drive through the midlands on the way home Friday .
Yep have contacted tony on where he sources his timber for his paddles . Didn't realise he was making boards as well . Have got vented leash plugs hoping that will be enough to let the boards breath and not overheat .But haven't had the heat at this stage to test them out .??

SP
9814 posts
15 Aug 2018 10:53AM
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Good to see you posting again mate. Quality work on the board..

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
16 Aug 2018 7:31AM
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Thanks SP , have really enjoyed this board - even though it is yet to get wet . He is another pic of a wooden board owned by a mate of mine . These were known as okanui boards and were built in the 60s when apparently there was a shortage of balsa wood . My mate can remember this one being surfed in town back in the 70s . Surprisingly shirt for that era - think it's around the 7 foot Mark






GWatto
123 posts
16 Aug 2018 9:03AM
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My Father did a pattern making apprenticeship in the late 50's in Melbourne. He made a few boards he called Okanui's for some clubbies down in Port Phillip Bay. He said they were based on the shape of the boards the Yanks brought out for the Melb Olympics.
Story goes they got pinched from the Clubbie shed.
He was never a surfer just liked to make stuff from wood, I grew up in the bush with what today would be called a SUP made of timber, lasted for years paddling around the dams
Wish I still had it or one of the okanui's he made.
Tassie, that one looks in surprising good nick.

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
17 Aug 2018 1:40PM
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Wonder where the boards your dad made ended up GWatto. Talking to a professional board restorer the okanuis are pretty rare these days . Reckon this one has been hanging in the shed it's in for at least the last 10 years .
Had an experience with stolen vintage boards last year . Bought a board from this bloke that told me he had purchased the board new in the mid 70 s . Board arrived so I cleaned it up and sent a pic to the shaper ( very well known shaper from Sydney area in that era ) . Anyway the true story came out -board was a one off and had disapeared after being left in a motel room at the NSW state titles 1988 . Had not been seen since until I bought it last year .

SP
9814 posts
17 Aug 2018 5:23PM
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Tassiedevel said..
Wonder where the boards your dad made ended up GWatto. Talking to a professional board restorer the okanuis are pretty rare these days . Reckon this one has been hanging in the shed it's in for at least the last 10 years .
Had an experience with stolen vintage boards last year . Bought a board from this bloke that told me he had purchased the board new in the mid 70 s . Board arrived so I cleaned it up and sent a pic to the shaper ( very well known shaper from Sydney area in that era ) . Anyway the true story came out -board was a one off and had disapeared after being left in a motel room at the NSW state titles 1988 . Had not been seen since until I bought it last year .


So what happened with it? You still have?

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
17 Aug 2018 9:55PM
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Tassiedevel said..
Wonder where the boards your dad made ended up GWatto. Talking to a professional board restorer the okanuis are pretty rare these days . Reckon this one has been hanging in the shed it's in for at least the last 10 years .
Had an experience with stolen vintage boards last year . Bought a board from this bloke that told me he had purchased the board new in the mid 70 s . Board arrived so I cleaned it up and sent a pic to the shaper ( very well known shaper from Sydney area in that era ) . Anyway the true story came out -board was a one off and had disapeared after being left in a motel room at the NSW state titles 1988 . Had not been seen since until I bought it last year .




So what happened with it? You still have?



Been a learning experience . Living in tassie the board market especially for vintage boards is pretty small so I buy pretty much all my boards from the mainland sight unseen . The bloke that sold this board seemed like a really nice bloke . The board arrived in pretty rough condition so I patched it and put it up on a vintage collectors forum .
First got a call from a board shaper near Newcastle who said he had bought the same board few weeks before me . I am thinking WTF.
Next I contacted the original board shaper - he recognised the board straight away and told me the real story . I was pretty pissed - contacted the original real owner - think he was a bit thrown by the whole thing- told him he could have it back if he wanted it , then contacted local police - they reckoned that given it had been about 35 years since the board was stolen to keep it and use it - so I have and haven't heard anymore - it's been about 12months now .
TBH it's a great looking board but given it was purpose shaped for a sponsored rider it's a bastard to control when the surf gets a bit bigger . Have tried a heap of fin combinations to try and stiffen it up but had some great stacks on it .
I reckon what happened was old mate had the board sold in Newcastle , got cold feet when he thought the board might be recognised - so sold it to me thinking Tassie was far enough away for nobody to recognise the board ..

Tassiedevel
TAS, 1928 posts
20 Aug 2018 3:25PM
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Chambered boards from Morgan Wood Boards , I think paulownia/ rosewood timber .


chrispy
WA, 8803 posts
4 Sep 2018 8:06AM
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Wow T D that is epic mate



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