nice indeed! does not belong to me.
lol. It is nice that you have access to it though,huh? I like the pic on your avatar. Have known a few guys who lived in vans like that for indefinite periods of time.
Man... a world of difference going from a dark garage with brown walls and one overhead light on my first two boards! So happy to have a proper place to work.
the van is great, I picked it up in January. I can finally sleep over at the shaping room!
My new funny toy
lot of volume in a compact pack. Strong built 2,58kg. 4 sessions, seems to work...
Thank you for posting that lemat. I always look forward to seeing pics of your boards. They are always interesting and very innovative. My question on that particular shape is; What kind of an effect (if any) do you think the grip rail has on the boards performance? Obviously the term "grip rail" tells me a lot, but is there a ride benefit as well? I would think it does. Lowel
The idea is to keep rail engage in water like what fins does.
From Greg Webber and Robin Mair works and my experiments i think that's main effect of concave is a bit of grip. I always like more double concave i think because for same depth they have more angle at rail so more grip, plus the convexe center contribute to lower track that have single concave. So i changed my back double bottom by cutting a channel in the bottom of my double, increasing grip angle at rail, find it works.
Then i work on camber concept from camber surfboards. For me they do an excellent work. i experiment on middle part of boards, kit boards first then i change profil of my single concave surf with a flatter center and more angle at rail, guy's like those boards so know i move to modify my double/channel bottom to this curved channel at rail with convex center. I hope that will give rail grip of a deep concave with no track easy to control feeling of convex bottom. From surf i had it seems interesting...
Recent classic noserider. The guy came to my shop and said: "I went to different shapers already and they all refused to do what I wanted; And they all said that YOU were the one who, maybe, would agree to do it: I would like a wooden nose-block, but one that will follow the curve of the nose, see?" Yes, I saw. I thought I remembered seeing things like that somewhere before. Well, if someone has already done it, I should be able to do it, too. I said OK, I will do it.
I should have known better...
After two unsuccessful tries bending wood with steam I finally opted to thickness plane very thin pieces (about 1.5 mm) and glue them together around a semi-circular wooden mold. It worked. But I would not do that every other day...
Yes real thin pieces glued one at a time at the rail is the way I have seen it done before. I guess having the offset stringers helped in fitting and glueing. There used to be a guy up here in the Northwest that sold Noseblocks that he glued together and then cut out to be fitted to the nose by drawing an outline along the inside curve of the Block and then fitting like you would any other Noseblock. He actually at one time had them for sale in the Sways Surf Shop. Very nice as usual. I don't know if I ever asked you before; Have you ever heard of "Dust Barn" in France. Lowel
No. What is "Dust Barn"?