One for the road, or, reflections of the porcine variety

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Driftwood, May 10, 2019.

  1. Driftwood

    Driftwood Well-Known Member

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    Long story short, I think this one’s a keeper.

    Hopefully I’ll have some better photos for you when the weather clears, but to get things started here is a balsa pig that I just finished up. The template is very heavily inspired by a wreck of a Joe Quigg that I have here, and the fin template is a direct copy.

    Wide point aft, rails go from 50/50 to nearly 60/40 and then back to 50/50, just like on the original. I did deviate from the thumb tail of the original and continued the rail curve into a wide pintail… just a personal preference. Fin is set about an inch off the tail, like on the original. Very slight belly that gets a touch more pronounced in the tail section.

    It was fascinating to see how much that two inch tail extension changed the tail width at 12”, from a very modern sounding 14.5” to a very piggy sounding 16.5”. I think it was Jim who once said that it’s more about the curve and less about the numbers.

    I did glass with epoxy as I just can’t work with polyester anymore. It took a pretty nice polish, which may show up in a photo if the sun ever comes out again.

    This one won’t see the water for a little while, but it’s the first board I’ve built in an age and is sort of my dream board from when I was a grommet.

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    I just saw how bad these photos really are... maybe tomorrow there will be a window to improve them a bit. I'll try and add a rocker shot in the mix.
     
  3. Dawnpatrol

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  4. m8r

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    Gorgeous Driftwood!
    Congratulations
     
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    Bravo!!! Epoxy is an excellent choice in my opinion superior in many ways. Hoping it gets sunny!
     
  6. DanSan

    DanSan Well-Known Member

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    D-wood...
    That is righteous...
     
  7. Driftwood

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    Thanks for the nice comments, gentlemen. Still raining here, but maybe later today or tomorrow we'll get some sun... in the meantime, here's a rocker shot from yesterday . IMG_20190510_151712.jpg
     
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    Okay, sorry for the barrage, but I'm really stoked on this board. And we finally got a bit of late evening sunlight. Still not the greatest photos, but getting closer.
    This will give you an idea of the rubout. Originally, I was just going to clean up the tapelines on the rails and leave it with an untouched gloss like they did in the fifties, but then I thought what the heck...
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    I wanted to do something a little different for the logo, so I had a brass plaque engraved - I would have really dug on bronze but I was in a bit of a hurry and no one worked with bronze locally. The inletting isn't perfect, but I like the overall effect. Funny, but despite the poor weather we've had lately this is probably the most bubble-free balsa lamination I've ever done, maybe a couple of tiny bubbles in the whole board even though I didn't do a fill coat as I usually do. I think that laminating carefully on a falling temp had the board sucking rather than expelling air.

    I'll try and get a good fin shot to wrap things up tomorrow. I didn't have any wood that really stoked me out in a decent size, so I shaped the fin in balsa and then laminated a couple of nice pieces of mahogany in a bookend fashion. Kind of a t-band fin, if you will. Since the bead turned out nice and clear, you can see it from the right angles, turned out pretty cool.


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