Board deconstruction > constructionI heard master craftsman Chris Christenson had taken some old boards, ripped the glass off and reshaped them. I also heard he mixed in some thrift store fabric for good measure and, I'm guessing, interesting flair.
Embracing the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra in a whole new way.
I was just sent a few pics from Markus Mead in the Pacific Northwest. It turns out Bryan Bates of Seven Surfboards is doing the same thing.
I find this... wild.
Most people see surfboards as having one life and a subset of that group sees that single life as a fairly short one. The idea of reusing foam, fins, parts... is something outside the norm.
I know... this was done in the past when the shortboard revolution hit. More than a few people admit they took their logs and cut them down into some crude version of a shortboard. And of course we know that companies like Green Foam are taking old boards and creating new blanks from them.
I still find this wild. It's 2010. I don't know too many people with this mindset. It's notable.
The board above is a combination of foam from a mid-60s Dewey Webber and a mid-60s Jacobs.