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My Environmental Promise: I use Forest Stewardship Council certified woods or woods salvaged from downed trees. All boards are glassed with epoxy resin which is cleaner for our environment and emits 50-75% less Volatile Organic Compounds than polyester resin. In my shop I have moderate ventilation and no need for a mask when glassing. Epoxy is lighter and stronger than polyester. My wood boards are nearly indestructible and should last a lifetime. Each board is quality crafted for strength, durability and concern for our environment.

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Feb 14, 2012

9'4" Evolution Nose Rider ready for glassing

Last night, I just could not resist sanding this puppy down to see how my book matching came out. We've been through lots of wood piles at Home Depot and Lowes and this is the first one we found with red staining along the grain. The 2"x10"x 10' was a tad heavy so knowing it would only work as a center deck area, this board was intentionally linted to just two pieces, each about 3" wide by 10'.

When you saw something that big, sometimes the wood is under internal tension and as the 1/4" strip is coming off the saw blade, I can see it starting to twist. Some are so bad they end up as scrap wood. This one was just a tad twisted, nothing few good clamps and block planing could not fix.

Rest of board is mostly Western Cedar and some really light Spruce. Right now, with fin box in, she's at 16.5 pounds meaning with glassing, she will probably come out at 23 pounds.

I've been thinking why this style of board turns so well, aside from it's Hatchet fin, it's the rails. Shaped thin, much like an Alaia board. At first I though this very pinched rail would dig in too much but it really does not. It feels like it slices through waves and just as it started to bite up the wave face, it reaches the thicker part of the rail and holds it back from going too far.

Anyway, I'll probably glass in a week or so, when it warms up enough. Need to make some decals and get ready. My epoxy is like thick syrup right now.




Lamination coat, Hot Coat is next.

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