So today I purchased this overwhelming chunk of wood from Bill Thrailkill, and in spite of the fact its heavy enough to sink the Bismark, I'm actually pretty stoked about it. This has been on my bucket list: carving a surfboard from a solid chunk of wood!
So I'm considering my options. Maybe a historical reproduction. Or a classic shape with historic roots. Trying to come up with something appropriate to the blank. I'm leaning toward a functional board with a classic look, maybe 9 foot by 22". But my work schedule is kinda crazy right now, so I probably have plenty of time to mull it over.
The second pic is how I imagine my blank started out :-) Because the first pic begs the question, Who grabs a chainsaw and roughs out a couple surfboard slabs, then stores them in the barn??
What is the back story? I mean, it had to be a surfer who was also a shaper who was also a lumberjack or sawmill worker, someone who would look at a slab of western red cedar like, that would make a good surfboard. So that puts it back in the 1930s? 40s? 50s?
I don't know, but I'm curious as heck. There just can't be too many people throwing 10 foot slabs of surfboard blank in the back of their truck after working in the lumberyard all day. Or did some old time surfer have a big tree fall over in his backyard, and just jumped on the opportunity? Dying to know, but apparently, its just a mystery, end of story.