Shaper thread (show us what you are shaping)

Driftwood

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Just a quick shot or two between rain storms. Finally glassed!

Sorry, had trouble getting the shots to upload on the phone. See below for a few pictures. This one was at the glass shop for a while.... first board I shaped in ages, just for fun. Balsa blank with 4oz epoxy lamination and hotcoat sanded back to 80 for mechanical bond, poly gloss. Slight concave in the entry rocker area to flat to about 1/4" of vee and then flat out the tail.

The fin is from Macho fins in Spain - nice base with just the right amount of flex in the tip. Should be a fun rider.
 
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Driftwood

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heavymetalshop

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..after you get more water time logged, come back if you like and give us what you liked and didn't go crazy over.... maybe some of us can lend some insight into your next sled by translating those experiences for you....... that is unless you don't need any advice.
Update

I've logged some solid hours on the self shape. Absolutely loving it. Surprised about what it can do. I find it extremely versatile and such a perfect board for how I want to be surfing. However, I've only surfed it at points. Looking forward to seeing how it goes at some beachies soon. Some pros/cons below. Also some thoughts that I would love some feedback on from you pro shapers. thanks!

Construction
- green weight blank, 1/4" redwood stringer
- 7.5 volan + 6 (deck/rails) / 6 (bottom)

Pros
- noserides (5's) and easy to turn while up front
- carves wonderfully
- really great hully feel down the line and off the bottom
- loves forward trim and feels so so good up there. Trying to make a section, just step forward for a nose ride, stretch cheater 5 or just tuck and try to get covered up. so fun.
- early wave entry and glides so nicely
- feels really well balanced
- good paddler

Cons
- rail turns are ok but not as great as my liddle. I'm ok with this.
- get's tracky with too much back foot pressure so you have to be a bit cautious and know the limits. I think this is due to v all the way off the back?

Thoughts
- Make it thicker (3 1/4 vs. 2 3/4) and add an S-deck (any thoughts on what this might do?)
- make panel v more of a rolled v for smoother, less tippy feeling turns (thoughts?)
- Flatten out the V from half fin box backwards to reduce tracking issue (thoughts?)
- What would a pinched down rail up front into it's current 50/50 iteration do?
 
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shapewright

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Finally getting production up to a better speed with Mikey at ColorWheel fitting me into their shop.
Blue tint VanVelzer, this was a remake that got blown in glassing, the client canceled on the second because of the lag time.
Andrew put up a pic of the unglassed blank and it became this board.
Ice grey tint Van Velzer at 8’11” for Rhode Island.
Shaped blank, Blue Max for Santa Cruz with the Swamis model glue up.
Clear Volan Hustler, balsa Redwood tband.
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