Shaper thread (show us what you are shaping)

Bruce Fowler

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Finally getting around to shaping some Plattys.
The Platypus is sometimes referred to as a more user friendly vBowls.
They have Similarities & Differences.
Both are Bitchen Ballbearing, In-the-Cockpit types of Rides.
7'6%22 Platypus.jpg
Platty blank nose closer.jpg
Platypus logo 2022.jpg
Platty from Nose.jpg
Planer Rail Scrub.jpg
Platty Nose closeup 2023.jpg
Dark Abstract 7'6%22 2023.jpg
3 PLATTYS.jpg
3 Plattys 2023.jpg
Platypus Bottom View.jpg
 
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Bruce Fowler

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Flashback!
I made quite a few knee boards starting as early as 1970. Some were fish versions & others a less extreme semi Greenough Spoon single fin model. Most were 5'2" to 5'6". This one was while working with Clyde Beatty in 1993. Guys rode them as stand ups too.
Fish Knbd. Tail Closeup 1993.jpg
BF Fish 1993.jpg
BF Knbd 1993.jpg
 

Bruce Fowler

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The handshaped Platty is done, dims & notes recorded. From here it gets wrapped up & carefully transported to Arctic Foam where Marie Ward will scan & create a file on it. I spent a generous amount of time over five days getting this one with the proportions just right so it will scale well in different sizes w/o distortion.

The Platty's have tricky Bottom Configs, Rail transitions & very different Foil distribution to the typical surfboards out there. It's finiished out to 320 grit and will be scanned as a shaped blank, which I did on the last group, wanting to keep them as original to the shape as humanly possible. This one has Balsa Paralams.
Platty File 2023.jpg
Platypus File Board Nose View.jpg
Platypus File Board 2023.jpg
 

lashSD

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Finally getting around to shaping some Plattys.
The Platypus is sometimes referred to as a more user friendly vBowls.
They have Similarities & Differences.
Both are Bitchen Ballbearing, In-the-Cockpit types of Rides.
Absolutely love my Platypus, one of the best trades I ever made. Extremely flexible board conditions wise. At 8’ serves as my longest board. Can catch anything and actually turn, very sensitive but in an intuitive way.
 




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