Fantastic info at those two blogs they both go into great detail.saltman wrote:Funny you posted those Marvin
I just spent a few weeks going through each of those builds over and over again
re lanolon - woodbudda just coats them with an epoxy resin
Epoxy is pretty fool proof in that you are sealing over all the glue joins, wood knots and any possible leaking points, it just depends how green you want to go with the build.
Was checking out Tom Wegeners latest build, Eps foam blank, paulownia rails and bottom with a cork deck ,vacuum bagged.
Also noticed he is about to launch a book documenting his surfboard building journey.
Few excerpts here.
Will have to order a copy.
Regarding this excerpt about Deryk Hynds criticsm of him licencing his 'Seaglass Tuna' to Global Surf Industry, I think I would have done the same.
Much more fun to be playing around and experimenting with new designs than to be building the same board over and over day after day, better to give that job to GSI to do.
From Chapter 9: The Criticism Begins
Soon after the tunas hit the market [made by Global Surf Industries] I began to experience criticism from others in the surf industry. I was being called a “sell out”, and the most notable condemnation came from articles written by Derek Hynd. Hynd took the fins off his surfboards around the time I began my alaia journey in 2005. We were both pursuing a similar, new approach to surfing though we were unaware of each other’s work at the time. Hynd named his approach or style “friction free” surfing, while I stuck to the unimaginative name of “finless” surfing. Hynd was, and still is, an avid proponent of friction free surfing and had developed his own genre and surfboard designs. We had worked on several projects together and were friends before I turned to GSI. In a way we complemented each other. For example, in two popular surf movies, “Musica Surfica” and “A Deeper Shade of Blue”, I was the wood surfboard artisan who brought back ancient Hawaiian alaia surfing, while Hynd was the radical surfer who pushed his new designs in big waves and developed a new genre of surfing. Hynd was also a prolific surf journalist, advocating surfboards without fins, and soon he was castigating me for licensing my design to Global Surf Industries. Our rift made it to the national press with Tim Elliott reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald;
Hynd now suggests that fins on boards may have been a distraction all along. He also believes “we could be seeing the birth of a whole new sport.”
But he is scathing about those he regards as having commercialised the finless movement, particularly Tom Wegener, who late last year licensed his design for a fibreglass alaia-style board to Global Surf Industries, which manufacturers them in a factory in Thailand.
“Tom has killed Bambi,” Hynd told Liquid Salt surf magazine recently. “He has sold out to the ‘crass mass.’”
I had enormous respect for Hynd as a person, philosopher and surfer. We had spent many good times with each other and were on the same page with our surfing and thinking. I was wounded by his words and spent nights wondering exactly what he meant by “killing Bambi”. I had a vague notion, but it did not seem to be a clear analogy for what I had done.