Why do we build hollow wood surf and paddleboards? I’m sure many would say, “Why bother?” But as a lifelong water-oriented person who has sailed, surfed, and worked with wood for decades, it’s simply something that had to be done. Building these boards has become a passionate statement about the lessons and skills attained over a lifetime. Sharing our ideas and commitment to this process and creating a bit of personal history is what motivates us every day. This is not work, this is life! –Randy Bogardus, artist/shaper/woodworker
There are many ways to learn to safely use the tools and execute the processes necessary to build your hollow board. But the bottom line is this: Tools and the dust they create are dangerous. If you are a novice woodworker, educate yourself about tool safety and proper shop practices. Power tools are very unforgiving and trouble can happen quickly if you are not prepared and diligent in your approach to how you use these tools. Regarding the health consequences of breathing wood dust, take this issue seriously. Use good respirators with fresh, clean filters when cutting or sanding wood. This is also true for applying and sanding epoxy and other finish products. Uncured epoxy is toxic. Most of the ultra violet inhibiting finishes that go over the epoxy for the final finish are also toxic. Use the tools and materials at your own risk. Educate yourself and work smart and safe!