A hollow wood surfboard handcrafted using paulownia, figured walnut, curly redwood, curly maple, mahogany, and old-growth redwood reclaimed from dismantled wine tanks which were in use at a California winery back in the 1920’s.
This is a finless Fish shape surfboard handcrafted using the strip-build technique and my own system of steam, clamps, glue, straps, hand tools, and power tools.
Because this piece is finless, it will lay flat against a wall – if you are looking for wood wall art – fine art – surf art. The piece also looks great displayed in a vertical floor stand.
The deck of the surfboard showcases the book-matched walnut delta surrounded by the reclaimed wine-stained redwood.
On the bottom of this piece, I created a series of stylized breaking waves using thin strips of wood from several different species. I also inlaid a generous amount of turquoise stone in the tail-block.
I finished the piece with a clear hybrid polyurethane satin finish which really made the colors pop.
I never use paint or tinted stain on my wood art. There’s no reason to! Look at the natural beauty of this wood!!
During the build process and initial sanding, a faint aroma of red wine was occasionally released from deep within the grain. Each time, my thoughts turned to the lumbermen and winemakers of the past. I wondered who may have played a part in the history of this unique art piece; from forest to lumber mill – from winery to me – and now to you.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with this reclaimed lumber. I hope I’m honoring the life of this old-growth redwood tree with my art.
It measures 6’ 2” x 22-½” x 3.”