November 22, 2008

Progress report on Balsa/Curly Redwood project

Filed under: Harbour

The redwood arrived from Northern California and I have finally got the templates ready for cutting out the wood and chambers.

The balsa has been here for a couple of months

It’s time to lay out the stringer templates on the old growth redwood. These huge blocks measure over 22″ wide by 3 1/2″ thick by 11′-0″ long and are nearly flawless. Redwoods live 500-700 years and some are documented to over 2,000 years old!


Now I’m getting to the curly redwood. This is what violin makers refer as “fiddle-back”. The grain runs through it in (and fittingly so) waves.

Here is my pride and joy that hangs on my living room wall. It is surfboard #20,000 and is an example of what the 5 boards that I am making will look like. The only difference is that they will not have that T-Band dividing the curly redwood rail. I have included larger (and more expensive) curly redwood for these five.

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