You'd think after 40 years I'd have made a board for myself at least once, but alas. Noop.
I've helped out on a couple, in a minor way, and in my grommity (both young and aged) hanging round the surfshop days I've certainly watched more than few take shape.
Circumstance and space have been my shackles, but the advent of wood is good, and I wanted to make real a promise to myself.
Over the last couple of days though I've been working on my first alaia. Summer holidays on the coast are coming up and a chance to play meant now was the time. Last week I picked up two paulownia blanks. Over the weekend I hit the computer, worked up a few templates and printed a likely suspect out for number one.
I opted wide, fine and four feet long, my rationale being I have room to shave off some width if necessary, and a paipo-ish first cap off the rank. The soft fish shape was partially ergonomic, with some nice soft curves to rest my guts on and an extended rail line because it looks nice. Bottom line is a concave running into a rounded top third. It is still to be finished and made good though it's pretty symmetrical for a first go. I was surprised how much fun it is.
Kinda like artful exercise.
Tom Wegener has given me the good oil on the right oil, so next time you see it it should be quite pretty. Now to think on a name.
Tools were a spoke shave, block plane, saw, and surform.
How it rides remains to be seen but so far I think number two will be twice as much fun.. since it's pretty much twice as big.
I'm already imagining myself striding manfully across the beach with my little piece of wood.