Very nice Alex. If only Surfboards could talk. Worth it as a decorative wall hanger in a restaurant or somewhere the public could get a look at it. Like loaning fine art to a gallery to be appreciated by as many as have an interest. If you do a restoration; be meticulous and authentic . I like it the way it is and in that condition it should not be in the water. Tom Stone is an excellent source for info on these old boards. If you are ever in the Hawaiian Islands the Bishop Museum is a “don’t miss” site to see. You are probably right about the Shiplines and shipping crate idea. A fair amount of Calif. Redwood wound up in the Islands in the early days. It was commonly used for “stick frame” construction etc. it really “greys out” with time and the grain will raise if it is of poor quality.. “Quality” would be “Heart” or lumber cut closer to the center of the tree. The grain is tighter and more uniform. It will swell quite a bit if exposed to water. As it dries it contracts. Probably the reason the joints have spread. Like I said; If only Surfboards could talk.
Yes, if only these boards could talk! it would be really interesting. It has been on show at The Royal Cornwall Museum in the "Endless Summer" exhibition on the history of UK surfing.this was a couple years ago, of which I was co-curator of. Link below with a few pics from My Endless Summer FB page...Thank you for your info etc