When we laminate the fiberglass cloth to the board, we try to squeegee all of the excess resin off. This leaves a very heavily textured finish. A Hot coat is a layer of resin that fills that texture. It is called a Hot Coat because it has a high amount of catalyst in it to make the resin gel quickly. Any resin left in the bucket will get rather warm when it begins to harden.
The wood for the fins arrived from Northern California last week as a 14″x14″x8″ block of Curly Redwood. I re sawed it, templated and did a rough cut out of about 20 fins. I must thank George Buck for getting it here so fast.
I then put all of the fin blanks on a rack and graded them. 12 were selected and sent to 1 World in Florida where Juan Rodriguez masterfully foiled them. Then he put the bead on and shipped them overnight to Waterman’s Guild. Kudos to Mr. Rodriguez who went way beyond the call of duty. He is in a class with Greg Martz as a craftsman.
And, speaking of stepping up to the plate, Greg Martz has done that and more. He has been a great subject to photograph and has been extremely accommodating