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  • 5’11” Retro(ish) Fish

    It’s been a while, but I am finally back with a new build. A few years ago I cut out the ribs and spar for a 5’11” Retro-ish Fish, modeled after the Channel Islands Even Keel. They have sat in my garage, taunting me for a while, so it is time to finally crank it out.

    using reclaimed old-growth redwood from the school I taught at for 14 years along with some pine that was leftover from a previous non-surfboard related project.

    I’ve glued up the deck and bottom panels and started in on the twin keels.

    Great to start working again! Pictures soon.
    Deck Bottom Panel

  • #2
    Decks look slick man. Did you make the checkered part? Just a little advice, but redwood doesn't bend so well. Hopefully you don't have a lot of rocker.

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    • #3
      Thanks! Yeah, the checkerboard ‘inlay’ is mine. It was a challenge to make, but it turned out pretty well, i think.

      This redwood is really nice. Tight grain, deep color and fairly pliable. Not too much rocker, just 3” in the nose and about 2 in the tail.

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      • #4
        Pretty well is an understatement. That board is going to be a show stopper.

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        • #5
          Looks amazing , it's all ways nice to see some work with different color and types of wood , by your works it is look like the board is jest an excuse

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          • #6
            always of course

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            • #7
              This was old growth redwood with a nice tight grain. I will typically add some steam (wet towels and 2-3 irons set on high) to potential trouble spots, but this stuff was very bendy (plus, you are right, minimal rocker).

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                • #9
                  Lam coat done and about to do the fill coat. Using Enteopy Resin CLR (epoxy) and 2 layers of 4 oz E cloth.

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                    • #11
                      After Lam and fill on the bottom. Nose block and tail tips are a Redwood burl that I found on the beach in Capitola about 5 years ago.

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                      • #12
                        That is very nice i like it alot

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                        • #13
                          Very nice indeed! Really like the burl nose.
                          Kook on a wood board.

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