Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This year two colleagues, a professional builder/designer and myself are offering a course titled The LONGBOARD COLLECTIVE!
Dave Holloway (Industrial Technology Teacher)
Wayne Gallipoli (Illustrator, graphic designer and owner of Surf-Rodz)
At the end of four days, 17 students will have designed and handcrafted a longboard using local renewable resources.
Through this experience we hope to provide an opportunity for students to develop skills with hand and power tools, an understanding of building materials, longboard shaping and design, the history of longboarding, and concepts of renewable resources. Emphasis will be placed on the idea that expensive tools are not needed...just creativity and "Old School" techniques can be use to create amazing rides!
Additionally, we want to link our local community of like minded individuals with the larger growing longboard community through the use of social networks.
In the meantime this blog will be updated with cool links and happenings (local/global). Once the course gets rolling (pun intended) this blog will be dedicated to sharing the "in-class" experience with the global community.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The alaia provides a stripped down, back-to-the-roots alternative. They are to surfing what the fixed gear is to cycling or the bow and arrow are to hunting. And unlike their often-mass-produced foam-and-fiberglass cousins, which you must buy from a manufacturer for $500 and up, alaias are cheap and easy to make, and considerably easier on the environment.
“It’s taking ownership of your surfing experience,” Mr. Sutton said. “And they’re kind of like works in progress. I’ll go back and forth between the sawhorse and the surf until the board’s just right.”
Making an alaia involves little more than a jigsaw, a hand planer, sandpaper and the right piece of wood. Once smooth, they are covered with a sealant, typically linseed oil and gum turpentine. The hard part is learning to make them fly on water.