Gonzalez Project II

Posted in Wooden Surfboards on May 29th, 2010 by admin

 

 

Now that I had a place to shape Peter’s board (Dingbatz), my next step was to find a place to mill the wood strips for the deck and bottom of  Peter’s board.  The first wood shop I went to had one guy watching the place and he said everyone was on siesta for two months.  The next was owned by Ibis Pena my spanish was just a little bit better than his english. I guess carpenters all speak the same kind of language. Wood is different in all parts of the world, but the machines and tools used to cut and shape it are pretty universal.  I showed Ibis one of my finished boards and explained what I needed done and he said no problem.   When he put a 10″ sawblade on his shaper and started to clamp down a fence I asked “Esta es bien no?” he said “No problem”.   I doubted  him at first but after we ran the first piece of wood through I was already thinking of how I could make a setup like this in my shop.  So far building this board in Mexico without my shop and tools has taught me to improvise with what I have and find a liberating confidence  in my skills as a board builder.

Foon Skis

Posted in source on May 20th, 2010 by admin

My friend Johnny “Foon” Chilton has started to make wooden skis.  Johnny is

a very accomplished mountain athlete.  He has many first descents on local  mountains in the coast range.  Johnny has also worked as a cabinetmaker.  His knowledge of wood and skiing seemed like a good fit.  Three pairs made and all of the reviews are glowing.  Look for his skis on the mountains in the Whistler/ Pemberton area. Any questions or comments about “Foon Skis” can be directed to.  j.foon@telus.net

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Standup4Greatbear

Posted in Wooden Surfboards on May 15th, 2010 by admin

My friend Norm Hann is halfway through an epic 300km SUP journey in the Great Bear Rainforest.  He is paddling to bring awareness and protect this area from a proposed pipeline that would bring supertankers into thisNorm with his custom Lambrecht Surfboards 12' Cedar SUP pristine environment on a daily basis.  Norm has deep ties and overwhelming support from the local native community.  This pipeline has the potential to wreak major havoc on many different levels.  Norm is a great guy and definitely practices what he preaches. Check out his site and progress on his journey.  http://www.mountainsurfadventures.blogspot.com/

Wood in the water

Posted in Wooden Surfboards on May 8th, 2010 by admin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison surfing her 8′ log  in Mex.

Ramos Shapes

Posted in Shaping on May 2nd, 2010 by admin

 

Recently I definitely feel like I have been living  the dream (LTD).  Surfingeveryday,  spending  time with my family and building a surfboard.

  The water is always warm even if the beers aren’t always cold.  I have made a really good connection with a local shaper Rogelio Ramos.  He agreed to let me rent space in his shop to build Peter’s board.  His shop “Dingbatz”  basically  handles all of the ding repair in Sayulita.  Rogelio also shapes and glasses boards under his own label Ramos Shapes.   This means Rogelio along with his two employees Julio and Salvatore are extremely busy.  They are very good at what they do and have the best repair/shaping/glassing  shop in central Mexico.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work next to Rogelio.  I learned a ton of  new information covering all aspects of surfboard design, shaping, building and finishing.  As well as being  a pro level longboarder he tirelessly gives to the local junior surfing program. He is also a great guy to sit down and drink a beer with.  Any time you need a new board or a board repaired in Sayulita go see Rogelio and the boys at Dingbatz.