Author: HeadShaper

SUPthing is coming soon

Wood, glue, sandpaper and sweat are coming together in a 12-foot-long, 30-inch-wide, 6-inch deep frame that, when the sawdust settles, will be a stand-up paddleboard suitable for gliding across placid lakes or the plowing through white caps on the open ocean. The entire process is being documented for a book to share techniques and tips to assist enthusiastic do-it-yourself woodworking watermen in their endeavors to construct a similar craft.  The author also plans to make a template available through this website, The hollow timber shell still needs to be enveloped in fiberglass and epoxy resin to seal the...

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Razzle dazzle planned for a raffle

Seawood Longboards has been commissioned by a nonprofit organization to build a cruiser skateboard to be raffled to a lucky attendee of an upcoming festival in Southern California. Seawood Longboards is thrilled to be handcrafting a customized one-of-a-kind skateboard that will provide years of pleasure for someone while also helping the group achieve its benevolent goals.  Unfortunately, we are unable to make any more mention of the 501(c)(3) or its scheduled event. The project is planned as a surprise, so further details will have to be provided in the future, after the organization’s leadership makes the appropriate announcements. Stay...

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I had a swale childhood

My mind overflows with memories of skimboarding. When I was a runt—growing up in South Florida—a mediocre rain shower would blanket many roadways and swell beyond the bounds of strategically placed swales. If you are unfamiliar with the term “swale,” it is a strip of land between homes or office buildings and the streets that provide their addresses. The beauty of a soaked swale was that it usually possessed a grass-covered impact zone to soften the slam of a skimboarder taking a tumble. Avenues of asphalt lurking beneath a thin sheet of H2O easily could shred skin or snap...

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Uh, oh… something’s sup!

A new project has been launched.  The skeleton of something cool has been completed and a handle made and attached.  Any guess on what it will be?  It may be easy to figure out, but we will refrain from specifically identifying it at this time.  We will keep working at it and share pix as it continues to take shape.  We hope you will follow along and witness the...

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Pour your heart out, laminators

It’s been too long. I’m really looking forward to pouring a glob of that blue-tinted, syrup-thick liquid onto a crisscrossing fabric and watching it all disappear as I spread the epoxy resin to the far corners of the fiberglass cloth. I have a project; so it’s just a matter of weeks before I’ll get some satisfaction. Although it won’t be a complete wave rider, as detailed in the book, “How To Build The World’s Most Incredible Wooden Surfboard,” there will be many similarities. So, all the tips found there for glassing will apply. Some are obvious: 1) Make sure the surface area...

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Build A Bad-Ash Boogie Board

boogie-cover-thumbIf you are looking for a simple, fast and fun project, get this 144-page BOOK of detailed instructions and a TEMPLATE for a bad-ash wood-and-foam boogie board. The template is a companion to the illustrated guide.

Build A Wooden Paddleboard

sup-cover-thumbIf you are ready to build your own wooden paddle-board from scratch, get this 216-page BOOK of detailed instructions and a TEMPLATE for a 12-foot 6-inch cruiser. The template is a companion to the illustrated guide.

Build A Wooden Surfboard

bookcoverthumb2If you are ready to build your own solid wooden surfboard from scratch, get this 170-page BOOK of detailed instructions and a TEMPLATE for a nine-footer with three fin designs included. The template is a companion to the illustrated guide.

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