Saturday, December 17, 2011


The lightning bold looks original.

A basic restoration.
Repair dings. Reset fin.
Remove and reset leg rope plug.
Fill all the bottom lows.
Gloss and polish.

The pin line over the stringer is original.

Short and fat S-deck.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Again this board was in for some
minor work. But it has to be added.

It is in original condition.
A few repaired dings here and there.

9'8 3/4" x 21 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Wide point 9 1/2" behind centre
Nose 15 1/2"
Tail 15 1/2"
Pod 5"

Thursday, October 20, 2011


This board was only in for some fin tuning.
But I think it is well worth adding.
It has had a basic restoration at some point.
The bottom comp stripes are not original.
They are covering some repairs.
The surfcraft rego sticker is also not original.

9'2 1/2" x 22 1/2" x 2 11/16"
N 16 3/8"
T 17 3/4"
Pod 6"
2" balsa stringer with the number 52
written in pencil on the stringer just
fwd of the leg rope loop.

The wide point is 14 3/4" behind centre.
As is the thickness.

The chequered  McDonagh  logo.
 Pinched rails.
A refined Greenough stage 1
or a Velo SS Mk 2 fin.
All suggest this pig was built in 1966 or early 67.

Monday, October 17, 2011


This old log was a bit poorly when it arrived.
9'4" x 21" x 3"
N 16 1/4"
T 15 3/4"
Pod 4 3/4"

Ready for some glass.

This logo was originally ten
 individual logos arranged to form a circle.
Six of them disappeared when this repair was done. 

The red section of the fin
is chopped strand matt.

New logo ready for some filler.

Freshly glossed.

The owner of this board
preferes off the brush gloss coats.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This Bluebird by
Bob McTavish
was saved from going to the tip
by its current owner. 

6'91/2" x 19" x 33/8"
N 121/8"
T 113/4"
Pod 53/8"

Apart from delams around the legrope plug
and the Barry Bennett logo
it was in fair condition.
The tail tips and the nose tip needed replacing
and some dings needed repairing.
Re pinlined, glossed and polished.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Every logo on this board was damaged
or had delaminated.

The images don't really show the extent of the damage 
this board had endured. 
The only reason it was restored is because of what it is.

Those dark patches on the deck were car bog.
They were sanded and dug out to reveal
some pretty nasty, and deep dings.

The dings on the bottom
were filled with a special brew.

More special brew.

The delaminated logos were re bonded.

This board isn't going to be a rider.
All the repairs were sanded fair
and the top and bottom
were laminated with a layer of 4oz.

Filler coated and sanded.

Then glossed and polished.
The above image is the unpolished gloss coat.
I neglected to take shots of the finished board.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I have it on pretty good authority, that some bolts were
built at Bennett's and shaped by Steve O'Donnell.

The deck was in pretty good condition
apart from a dodgy legrope install and a few onions.


The rails and the bottom were in poor condition.
Extra glass was added around the rails.
Any lows were then built up and faired.

Freshly glossed bottom.
This board has been kept as original as possible.
So all the dings and stressied are visable.
There is a story in them all.
The only thing the owner wanted to hide
was the ugly post production legrope plug.

Typical early to mid 70's rocker.

And outline with widepoint and thickness foward.

Thursday, March 03, 2011


Shame about the ding.

Early 70's twin fin.
6'2" x 19 1/2"

The fins are 6 3/4" high 4 3/4" base.
One fin would have been big enough.

Novel leg rope attachment.

A bit of fishing line and VB cord.

Shaper Peter Lawrence.

Friday, January 14, 2011


There is a bit of conjecture about who manufactured these boards.
Whoever made them, they knew what they were doing.
Check out the link below, and the link within.

The pigment work on the bottom is original.
It measures in at.
9' 5 3/4" x 20 3/4"
Nose 15 3/4"
Tail 14"
Pod 5"

Pretty flat rocker.

The nose and tail blocks are not original.
There was allot of damage at both ends.
So removing the damaged glass and foam
and fitting and shaping the cedar blocks
was the the way to go.

A new fin had to be made.