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Why build with paulownia wood?

Why build with paulownia wood? Ok, I will admit upfront that I sell paulownia wood.  That being said, the reason I do is that I want to make it available to my customers and also individuals that design and build their own hollow wood SUP’s, surfboards and kayaks.  This wood is mostly unknown to the woodworkin…
Exploder performance shortboard SUP fishbone framework kit

“Tunnel 13” Redwood Pin Lines for Hollow Paddle and Surfboards

“Tunnel 13” redwood pin lines I was telling the story of the redwood pin lines material in the boards I build and my brother-in-law said, “Bro, you need to tell that story!”  So, here goes.  It’s really a story about the part of Oregon I live in and the railroad tunnels that connect Southern Oregon to Northern…

Rocker Tabs for Building HWS

Using Rocker Tabs for Building in the Rocker Profile     If you have ever built a hollow wood standup paddleboard (SUP) or hollow wood surfboard you have probably built it using some variation of a rocker table.  When I started building hollow wood boards I did as well.  I built my firs…

Standup Paddle Board Fins

Standup Paddleboard Fins I’ve been paddling my set of  Black Project standup paddleboard fins on my 12′ 6″ and 14′ flatwater hollow wood paddleboards for a couple of months now and have a pretty solid feel for the performance value this set of fins contributes to my paddling.  These are highly refined fins…
 Text of Article for http://www.supboardermag.com/2014/02/11/clearwood-make-you-own-wooden-paddleboard/Wood paddleboards and surfboards have a long history and they have been common in Hawaii for many centuries. The modern version of “woodies” however, is something altogether different than what ancient Ha…

Make your own wooden paddleboard

Make your own wooden paddleboard Are you looking for a winter project? Have you got some spare time and space in your garage? If so, have you considered making your own wooden paddleboard? It might not be the quickest way to get out on the water but it’s sure to be the most rewarding. Are you up for the challe…

Closing up a Hollow Board-Tasks to Consider

Closing Up a Hollow Board-Tasks to ConsiderCompleting the assembly manual has taken me longer than I had planned and I am hearing from some “CLEARWOOD” board builders that are nearly ready to strip the bottom and close up the shell of the board.  So let’s go through the basics of what we need to consider before…

Standup Paddleboard Fin Selection

 Selecting Standup Paddleboard Fins I have been thinking about fin set ups for my flat water boards lately…..maybe that’s because I left the last decent fin I had sitting on the tailgate of my truck when I drove away at the end of a session recently.  The result is that I lost the fin and have been using a…

Venting Hollow Surf and SUP Boards

Venting Hollow Paddleboards and Surfboards Atmospheric venting of hollow surfboards or sup’s is critical.  Without a functioning vent, your board will be vulnerable to structural failure due to (primarily) the expansion of air inside your board as the board heats up, which it inevitably does when out in the su…

New 14′ Hollow wooden Paddleoard kit at the Season Change

New 14′ Hollow Wooden Paddleboard KitIt has been a hot and smokey summer around Southern Oregon this year and in some ways I’m glad to see the rains come.  But this change of seasons is the classical double edge sword.  On one hand, the hot days and the smoke from nearby forest fires has gone away for the year,…
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