Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Merlin's Beard X Silver Surfer



 Today I'm featuring the 5'6" Merlin's Beard model with Silver surfer air-bushing. One hell of a spacecraft!

Chris Johnson, owner of The Shop in Arcata, requested quite an order. I had yet to do any air brushing on a surfboard of this level, but I saw it as a great challenge to face. When he said he wanted Silver surfer on the bottom, my first thought was the versions that appeared in two issues created by Moebius, the late famous french artist. His work has always been an inspiration to me and to have a chance to recreate it on a surfboard made it even more of a fun project. I also took some ques from Martin Worthington who air-brused for Hot Buttered and Terry Fitzgerald putting some amazing works on surfboards. After lots of stencils, tape, mixed paint, multiple color passes, and a nerve racking lamination it came out pretty darn nice.

This model features a deep concave bottom into pronounced vee with two channels running out the back between the rear quad fins. The top incorporates a concave deck, step rails, and a down turned wing. the whole package is like a 6'5 pushed down to a 5'6" with the wide nose and the rest just enhancing the ride. The tail comes down narrow to fit nicely in the pocket of the barrel and the wing facilitates added release behind the fins and lift in the nose. I also placed a vented leash plug in there with a 4+4 glossed bottom and 4+4+4 sanded deck, laminated with resin researches new ce2000 ultra. Super nice resin!

Thanks for the order Chris, the spaciest spacecraft I've ever seen! Cheers! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Day In The Life

Woodfoot Feature: Artist LucasThornton from Woodfoot Surfcraft on Vimeo.

Here's a little featurette about who I am and what I do. The whole film was shot in one day by my wife and I. The following day I edited the footage and here you have it. A day in the life.

Monday, August 3, 2015

6'4" Asymmetrical


 This time around I was able to get an experimental shape into the the shed. Since this wasn't going to be a shape for a customer or surf shop I decided to go to the deep end and try anything. When I make boards for myself I like to go where I'm not comfortable just to learn and grow as a board maker.

The shape I started with was the olive pit, but I added a concave deck, fuller rails, channels, and a deep split tail. After I cut the tail in I figure why not make it asymmetrical too. Initially I was going to make it a twin fin since all I had in stock for boxes was two futures, but after doing some research I shortened the heal side and foiled a rear quad out of an old thruster fin.

When it came to glassing this thing I employed my wife's abstract painting skills and she did the resin inlay on the deck. I was excited to involve her in the process for the first time, the outcome was beautiful. The yum yum yellow is a color I don't get requests for very much around here and I just love the way it looks against the green water. The laminate on the bottom is a custom design I did for our wedding announcements and the "Lust For Life," is from a great Irvine Stone novel about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. I finished it off with a white pin-line and 24kt gold accents.

I've taken it out a few times already and I really enjoy the variety it brings to both front-side and backside surfing. I get lots of drive off my front-side and it whips around on my back-side turns really quick. I feel some of the flex in the tail off bottom turns too. I can't wait for some winter swell to really put this shape to the test.
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Leif's Brulee'



 It was nice to have a chance to make another woodfoot for Leif Nelson, an all around Humboldt ripper, who's still throwing buckets with his Fish. This time we filled the gap in his quiver with something more hi-performance that will hold the steep drop, and easily slip into the barrel.

  We went with a classic rounded pin outline like the Creme Brulee model, but with a pulled-in front end and some nose flip to the overall enhanced rocker. I like doing clear boards when requested, but I just can't get away from putting some color in there; like the hand painted logos and other embellishments. One customization I especially enjoyed was doing a mock Volan cloth tail patch by adding just a drop or two of resin tint.

   Like Daniel's Olive pit, redwood stiffeners were installed into the poly blank, and the basswood stringer tinted to match. The board was glassed to last with Resin Research Epoxy and a vented leash plug. Dimensions on this are 6'3"1/4" x 19 1/4" x 2 5/8". The volume should feel good under Leif's heavy foot, the guy is built like Occy. Last I heard his turns were coming in at 12 o'clock sharp! Thanks for coming back Leif, enjoy your new custom WoodFoot.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

6'2" Olive Pit








   The next model to come out of the Wood Foot shed is a collaborative between my life long friend to bring him into a new surf dimension. We took his favorite Wood Foot shape, the "Orion" and refined the outline to create a more high performance version. A couple other boards that brought inspiration into this shape were the TC red beauty and Daniels weathered Vernor that featured a torsional drive system. Taking the Orion out-line, we first started narrowing the tail through a pronounced hip, pulling the nose in, and adding rocker for visions of future barrel rides in his eyes. After a couple sessions of beer, pizza, and scribbling of pencils we were both ready and I began to glean this shape.
  
  A special attribute in this construction, as you may notice is the v shape around the fins on the tail. This is the Vernor v-drive system, but by Dan's request ours is old growth redwood. Daniel works at a sash and door workshop with his Uncle where they use old growth redwood exclusively. It was only natural that we try to incorporate some redwood in his custom surfboard.
  
   After studying the Vernor's v-drive system I noticed that the carbon insert goes partially through followed by carbon fiber strips on top creating an i-beam. In our construction redwood goes through the deck in hopes to create a strong bond between top and bottom. The strips of redwood Dan provided had a strong grain pattern, were light, and a beautiful deep red.
  
   What the addition of redwood or any other composite will do is essentially stiffen the board under the toe and heel during bottom turns. This stiffening stops torsional twist, thus providing positive drive propelling you through the turn. Once the strips of redwood were glued in, I could instantly notice a difference. The difference that makes me think all boards should feature some kind of stiffening to prevent torsional twist.
  
   Another new venture for me was to get my airbrush working so I could do a nice red beauty inspired wide pinstripe. I can tell that messing around with this new medium will be fun. Once I found the perfect balance in the gun I faded a rich black into a redwood color to complete the theme. The bottom was done in a mixed dark olive tint but, I learned epoxy can be slightly finicky opposed to poly in dark tint application, in regards to evenness of color, but it still looks nice in person.
   
   Before laminating the top, I carefully stained the bass stringer to resemble redwood matching the wood in the drive system. As a special touch I put his company logo on the tail. A while back I had silk screened some t-shirts for him. The screen was just laying around so I thought, "Why not."
  
   After all this attention to making the most custom surf craft for my best mate, we are left with the beautiful Olive Pit. Pulled from my oven like a hot olive pizza the board was ready, and luckily the swell provided us with some surf. We can both say this is a very functional design after riding it on some juice. With the volume pushed out even through the rails from the slight dome of the deck it feels confident under the chest, for small and bigger waves, a quiver killer of sorts.
 
  Dims 6'2" x 12.5" x 19.5" x 14" x 2.5" polyurethane blank, with resin research epoxy, and a vented leash plug. Glassed to Last!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Creme Brulee











 One fresh and sweet Creme Brulee model ordered up by Andrew Spinardi and shipped off on a jet-plane to Chile in hopes to find pealing clean lefts to have for dessert. The dimensions on this shape come in at 5'10" x 19.75" x 2.5" and features a single concave into a double with some clean vee out through the tail.

  Setup to win with True Ames Twins; my personal favorite, and an option to stabilize it's wild nature with a nubster. Since this board was going to a different climate and heading up in a plane at high pressure, a vented leash plug sounded like a good idea; which for now seams like a mainstay in all my builds.

 When it came to glassing I had some fun with colors and fashioned a deck patch pattern that I've always wanted to duplicate. I started with an epoxy 4oz bottom with 4oz tail patch in butter yellow, followed by three layers of 4oz on the deck in light blue tint causing a nice optical green mix on the rails. Mixing tints this way is like painting for me, each one an experiment with intention for artistic results. I'm really excited to hear how his trip went in South America and how this twinny fared in the far off shores of Chile. Enjoy my friend, may she serve ye' well!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jedi Bonzer









  This custom five fin bonzer was a labor of love. I spent a lot of time cracking the code while shaping this surf-craft from outer space. This bonzer was built for speed and should cut through the barrel like a light saber with bamboo side runners and 7" bamboo center fin from TrueAmes.
 
  The construction is my new favorite recipe of a polyurethane blank and resin research epoxy. We did a balance of opposites with an opaque champagne bottom and tinted resin inlay on the deck finished with a tempera pin-line and some new snazzy logos.
 
  Eric was one happy surfer after I revealed his new woodfoot, a grin from ear to ear. Upon his first session he informed me that the board paddled really well and it "felt like an extension of my feet," which is what I like to hear.
Use the force Luke!  JediBonzer 6'7" • 20.5" • 2.75"