Our creative salesman Shane Bowman has been the genius behind some of the latest T-shirts. The HP Fin, Octopus, Pier, Banana, and the latest the Cali Bear Tee. So when he ever so slightly mentioned to me he was interested in a new shape that was spinning around in his ever so busy brain, I stepped up and did it.
Sanding the slightly concave bottom.
After 53 ,years of shaping, I’ve collected the proper tools for the job. Here’s a case in point. For the final sanding, the stringer needs to be level with the foam. This is typically done with a block plane but in this case, a standard plane is too wide and floats in the concave without cutting. However, my super small (rosewood) plane does the trick perfectly. And I do it (perfectly) no other way.
Shane and I with the 4-11 Simms style Diamond tail that was his inspiration. It will be a twin “keel” style fin set-up.
Thanks to a great effort by TJ Ridings, I have hooked up with Mark from Crooked Blanks. He has glued up a couple of hollow Spherical Revolvers. It has ribs running lengthwise instead of the typical struts going crosswise.
There are some minor kinks to work out, and it is still a balsa blank that has to have all of the irregularities leveled out.
This one will get a new special (wooden) triangle lam that Todd and I are working on.
More on that project later.
Tim has been super busy. Putting on a nose block and tail block can take the better part of a day. He has too many boards to shape, so I stepped in and did this one.