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Carbon and Balsa Fin Plug Support Plates

Posted in: News, Surfboard by Richard Harvey on February 25, 2011

That’s quite a mouth full, Carbon and Balsa Fin Plug Support Plates. But this is how it works. Plugs, particularly the side plugs take all the impact, and as most plugs don’t have any sideways support, this ends up with broken plugs. So some plug manufacturers have developed plugs which incorporate support, but have only fixed angles in which the plug can be installed. So to overcome this dilemma I have designed a two part installation. The base gets glassed in when the bottom is laminated, this base is a similar shape to an existing system so no new jigs are required. Then the plugs are installed when the board is finished being glassed. The advantage of this two step installation is that the angle of the plugs can be adjusted for variation in the bottom designs, such as concaves or bonzers. The balsa base gives greater strength than hi density foam as the fibre directs the energy lengthways, and the carbon surface gives lateral support. Great looking, easy to install and uses standard, readily available plugs. A winner all round. Soon to be available for sale to manufacturers.

Recent art commission

Posted in: Art, News by Richard Harvey on February 19, 2011

An early walk along the beach at sunrise. What a great way to start the day. Recent commission, acrylic on canvas 40″ x 30″, on it’s way to Melbourne.

Gold Coast Cumulonimbus

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Queensland, as you would have heard, has recently been battered by cyclones and floods, but fortunately, the Gold Coast was spared. A classic cumulonimbus cloud showing the way clouds work was sitting over Surfers Paradise the other day. Thought you might find it interesting.


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A red longboard, a picture tells a thousand words.

It’s a messy job

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It’s a messy job but someone has to do it. ┬áLots of colours and containers of sticky, smelly resin, but the results are worth it.

Nice New Blue Tint Rounded Pintail Quiver

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Recently finished a couple of boards, nice blue tint rounded pintails. Wouldn’t mind having a quiver like that myself.