John Mantle, Rusty Miller and Richard Harvey, three directions, one passion, surfing. Through the golden era of the 60’s and 70’s, they shaped, photographed and painted to record their lifestyle through a special time. Yesterday is an exhibition celebrating their different directions. Rusty’s photography, capturing the moods of the 1960’s and 70’s in Hawaii and Australia and now his images are morphed into Turning Point, Rusty’s first book. John has been a part of the surfboard manufacturing industry world wide, working with many notable shapers and surfers and is now focusing his energies on classic Hawaiian timber surfboards and single fins. Richard has a small studio on the Gold Coast and spends his time shaping, painting and teaching the lost art of handcrafting surfboards. We are sure you will enjoy the work of these three surfers who truly lived the golden era that was Yesterday. The evening was opened by the inimitable Dave Rastovitch.
Photo Jeff Dawson
Many thanks to Harry Henderson and the guys at V.S.T.R for their help with setting up the exhibition, much appreciated.
Came across this beautiful piece of Silky Oak timber early this month. It was cut and milled in North Queensland by Don Taylor from a 100 year old tree and has been curing after that for about 30 years. Absolutely amazing grain, with the golden colour finally revealed after it was finished. The board that I shaped from this solid piece was a 7’10″ x 19″ x 2″ solid Hot Curl timber surfboard replica. It has a slight concave deck, rolled bottom running into a deep tail vee. The Hot Curl surfboard, developed around the mid 1930′s, was named because the board allowed the surfer to maneouver into the ‘curl’ of the wave.
These are the process photos.
Steve securing the valuable cargo
What Have I go myself into, only an hour and a half to go, wonder how the elbow will feel in the morning.
One side of the planshape cut.
Lots of brown dust.
Beautiful grain of the Silky Oak
The finished product
Think that it could be displayed with the off cut, still working on how.
The board is for sale and can be viewed at my studio. POA
Put a bit of weight on over the last few years, seems like as you get older the metabolism slows down, so the fat doesn’t get burnt off.
Went on a special program over 6 weeks and took off around 20 kgs. Now down to my recommended weight of 76 kgs.
Feeling like a million dollars even if I don’t have anywhere near that in the bank.
Looking forward to getting back on some smaller boards over summer.
Still have my nice noserider and a new 9’5″ double ender pintail single fin, as well as a 7’6 round pintail board I built for myself before the weight started to stack on which I haven’t ridden.
Now all we need is some waves. In the meantime some of the boards I have built in the last week or so.
The Big Skipper is an easy paddling longer fish, hand laminated timber veneer fins, blue tint top and bottom, mustard pinlines.
Very pretty board.
Grant Newby has been organizing both the Fish Fry and the Wooden Surfboard Day for a few years now.
This year there were boards coming from a wood working angle and boards from shapers and everything in between.
My favorites were a beautiful board from Paul Joske, built from a paulownia tree that he planted the seed about 10 years ago and a Hot Curl replica, shaped by Old mate John Mantle, built from the beer vats of the old demolished Reschs Brewery in Sydney
Also had a few of my boards and art pieces on show.
Decided to take some boards that were a combination of timber work added to foam.
Great day, great event.
A while ago someone came into the studio and was saying it would be good if he could get one board that did everything. After a bit of design planning I came up with this Micro Mal. It is a condensed longboard with nose concave combined with a pintail flyer for grip and performance, light twin concave vee throw the wide board up on the rail for shorter turns off the tail.
Fin combinations are pretty varied, single for more glide then increase the side fin size and reduce the centre back fin for turning. Twin fins, thrusters and an extra set of plugs can be added to a custom order to make it a quad. This one has a bit of everything. So you can have “that fruit salad surfing feeling”.
Dont ride it too big as it already has width for stability and fuller rails for added buoyancy. This one is 6’5″ x 22″ x 2 3/4″
Lime Green tint on bottom and rails, multi coloured resin deck panel, finish coated and polished. All you have to do is choose your fin combo (fins extra) $890 Available in the studio now.
An interesting idea presented to be built. A short board 5’6″ with a planing hull and then added nose length to 7′ plus rolled bottom with high rails. Then covered deck channels funneling air down through tubes in the centre deck and through to the bottom. The water running along the bottom pulls the air through and aerates the channels on the bottom creating lift. Fin support plates in multiple positions allow for a wide variety of position and effects for his Wave Fin patented design. Little glass side wings following the planshape at the wide point add even more bite and lift. Took a bit of discussion and planning but the result has nice lines and looks functional. Pics show the whole story.
Just finished a new 10 footer, triple stringer curved balsa nose blocks, balsa tail block, balsa look panelling. Bit of a gem.
Always like it when those orders come through, people wanting to buy craftsmanship rather than at a price.
Dismountable Surfboard Shaping Stands
Suitable for shaping, repairs or display.
Comes partially assembled, needs side support plates screw on (screws included)
Stable and lightweight, all timber with padded top, colour white / timber.
Size 900 mm long (when assembled), 900 mm high, 500 mm wide base
Suitable for all sized boards.
Comes boxed with screws ready to assemble.
$175 plus freight (depending on destination) See The Shop, please email for freight quote before ordering.