I've been working on a 6'4'' Fish, made from router cuts in cardboard that Mike Sheldrake, the inventor of this board design creates in his garage. This board is unique in the way its designed, its core materials, and that it is being built in the Marshall Islands. Ive had the board kit for over 3 months, waiting on supplies. Now that they are here I have spent a few solid days getting it to the glassing stage. A few pictures to show where its headed.
Im not the first person to built this board kit. One other person, Nick in New South Wales beat me to it. I am impressed.
There is a back story to my kit. It goes- Nick (the other Nick in New South Wales....doppleganger!), built this same board kit a few months back. He originally ordered the kit and had it mailed to his apartment complex in AU. It never made it to his doorstep. It was lost in the mail. Meanwhile Mike was in his lab, building up another kit for Nick in New South Wales. He sent it out, and soon enough the original kit landed back at Mikes doorstep. Mike posted the board on his site, by chance I saw this and bought it.
I began deciding on the supplies I'd need to build this thing. I ask Mike Sheldrake for a simple shopping list. Glass and resin was going to be the hardest, most challenging. I dont have a local board supplier who can ship a few bottles of resin over. Resin will have to come out by vessel, a barge that travels from Hawaii, to Guam, then to here. A long 2.5 month trip. I got the materials a week ago. Im almost finished. I start glassing today. I thought to myself would this be interesting for sways? I figured my audience would grab a beer and enjoy the experiences that I, a new builder- never shaped a single board would go through.
Sheldrake has explained that these kits are very durable, light weight and can be experimented on. Its a fairly "new" process, but has been done a few times in the past by others. Sheldrake has a short history on boards built out of cardboard years ago. But not well documented, and probably failed to catch on due to the lack of technology available at the time. Today computers are making that a possibility. I think Mike Sheldrake also has the patience of a saint. Building the pieces like a puzzle, hand numbering all of them (HUNDREDS) after they get cut out, making videos and how to guides. He's got the heart to do it. I spent less time building up the pieces than it took him cutting them, Im sure. About 2.5 hours or so to set all the pieces together. A few minor mistakes along the way, but all in all a simple process, it did require an extra pair of hands. Thanks to my co-worker Jeff!
To Mr. Sheldrake and all others...I hope I can post more builds from the Islands. Its extremely difficult to get materials here, which helps me get into a creative mode. I have a few ideas I will experiment on and eventually surf. This kit from cardboard makes it possible to ship a board practically anywhere. A serious plus. The other easy way is by HWS. Paul Jensen mailed out a kit and is here, waiting to be built. Another day.....
To put a spin on the build process I will attempt deliver a build that is very transluscent with the use of glass. So far these boards are frosty, but light travels through them well. I think my theory will work. We shall see.
Here's the pics of my build up. Slowly coming together. Thanks ;)
...and if you're doing a cardboard build, post pics here if you like....