Model Surfboards and Surf Art
I have always tried to live as close to the ocean as possible. From the family ocean front cottage (uninsulated) on a barrier island in the north east, to Ft. Pierce, FL in the late 60’s/early 70’s, the California coast, Costa Rica, the Hamptons on Eastern Long Island and now Indialantic, FL (I’m not leaving). The farthest I’ve ever been from the ocean was to study design and architecture in Boston for 2+ years in the 70’s (lots of long drives to surf). Before moving to Indialantic, I was a woodworker/cabinet maker based in Sag Harbor in the Hamptons. 40 odd years working with wood…
I got my first surfboard in 1964. Attempted to shape my first board in 1967 and continued for my own enjoyment for many years. I learned early on though to go to great shapers to make great boards for me. Even before getting my first board, I pretty much immersed myself in all things related to surfing: the history, the surfers, but especially surfboards themselves. A well- shaped, well-made surfboard is like fine art. There's something sexy about them.
It was in the latter stages of my woodworking business that I built my first model surfboard. All my boards are based on significant designs that have influenced the course of surfing throughout its history.
The boards are all hand shaped using the same tools and techniques as full sized boards. They are templated from original measurements as are the rocker, foil and rail contours. All replicated as accurately as possible, as scale & materials permits (with a touch of artistic license taken).
My BIG fins came about by accident and now I just find them to be a fun extension of my model board shaping. They too are templated from actual surfboard fin designs.
Anything to keep the sawdust flying…