Thursday, August 28, 2014

Five Fin Tux

  A very special tribute board to our furry friend (my painting of him above), the Redux is a shape that's been in my mind for a while. Tuxedo cat was 22 if not older when I had to put him down, a very sad day, but before he left us I printed his paws on rice paper in hopes to use them on a sacred craft.
  Since he was a Black and White tuxedo cat I chose to honor his colors in the design. The stringerless blank has a black glue line and besides being functional the carbon fiber matches the theme. I also had some black and white side-runners placed at the sacred angle bringing the design full circle. The black mass represent his body, in which I inlayed his whiskers that I found around the house and a bit of his ashes, the color mass represents his spirit wild and free a ying-and-yang. 
  The shape itself is all an experiment, with my own interpretation of the 5 fin bonzer, I played with full length concaves and carefully placed down-turned wings in the tail to function with the fins. For glassing I laminated single 6oz top and bottom with uni-directional carbon fiber, in hopes to explore the flex and stiffen the center. I've taken it out in some nice hollow surf and the experiments have proven to be guided in the right direction. I'll be ridding this board everyday I can, for quite sometime, and maybe Tuxedo will be too.  5'9"X 21"X 2.5"  

Monday, August 18, 2014

6'4" BizCut

Fresh out of the Sled-shed is this new custom for Eric Krasner. The BizCut shape packs a good amount of volume and a sleek outline, no bumps, wings, or side cuts just good ol' fashioned curve. The bottom features a slight roll in the nose to single concave into spiral vee, starting just ahead of the fins and fading out the back.  We went with a five option, but I can see this shape in a number of different fin setups especially a single fin. The dimensions on this Bizcut 6'4"•16"•21"•15.5"•2.75" with a side of strictly bizness.