dt: Mike, I've been following your blog for a while now and been greatly inspired. Your art is awesome and detailed information is priceless. I recently purchased a balsa wood blank and plan on carving out a pig. In no way am I a professional shaper, just someone who lives in Central Oregon and vintage surfboards are hard to come across. I was hoping to bother you for a couple minutes to trace an outline of your Balsa Velzy and fin. With this tracing I'll be able to make a template and be off and running. When I can get out to the ocean I ride a custom Cooperfish Hornet and prior to me breaking the board a vintage D fin Yater. I have both boards to provide a working "idea" of other aspects of shape/form.
mb: dave i'll do it. send me your address and be patient. i have some butcher paper. i'll trace the outline and send it to you. take pictures of the process, i'll post it up! thanks for the support!! cheers!!
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Thanks a bunch
mb: Dave , I got your template drawn. I should probably get it in the mail this week!
dt: Awesome!!!! Thank you so much is an understatement.
mb: i'll shoot you an email when i mail it!!!
dt: Forgot to say that I can send you some money for any expenses. Let me know how much and I will get it in the mail.
mb: david, don't worry about it! if anything send me something i can't buy.
mb: Stoked you received it. You are off to a great start. I'll keep a file with all the pics you send me. I'll post it up once you finish it. Thanks for the updates! I'm stoked to see things develop. Keep me posted!!
dt: One in the rafters and a second one all cut up so I can chamber farther down the road.
dt: Hey Mike, Progress has been slow, but I have the blank tack glued back together for rough shaping. I am still getting the rocker to a good point before I cut the outline. I still haven't forgotten to send you that skeg I made. I need to polish it first then it will hit the mail. I sure am bumbed I am going to miss your pig roast. That is going to be one awesome event. Hopefully next year. Later, Dave
mb: david made the fin below for me as a gift for hooking up the tracing!
dt: Glad you like it. Looks like you are getting some good waves this summer. Pretty jelous. Take care Dave
dt: More pics. Outline cut, rocker almost finished and rail bands are coming together.
dt: Mike, Headed down to Santa Barbara to visit the folks this Saturday and thinking that I might be in your neck of the woods Tuesday morning/afternoon for a little surf session. Tentative plans are to surf San-o Tues morning with another buddy. If you are gonna be in the water here or somewhere nearby this day it would be cool to meet up and catch some waves. I'll be more than happy to bring some iced brews from the great northwest to share the post session stoke. Hope all is well. Dave
mb: i kooked it here. i wasn't able to meet up with dave!!!
dt: Well, I finally got tired of sanding and sanding. Not as perfect as I wanted, but it was time to move on. These pics are the board with two cheater coats to seal the wood. It could be a week or so before I get to glassing cause my mancation is over and its time to get back to work.
dt: Finally Finished. Glassing went pretty well especially since it has been over 10 years since I last glassed a board. Finished dims are 9' 16.5"n 22.5"w -9'' behind center 17.5''t 2 7/8'' thick 3.5"rocker nose 2" rocker tail weighing in at 21lbs non-chambered.
Thanks again for your help in getting me the outline and all the awesome info on surfapig.
Talk to you soon,
thank you david! this is awesome!!!!!!