Burly Maple keels for the 5'5 velosim a few posts below...this stuff was pretty resistant to foiling....but with enough love and a few choice caresses with a 36 grit disc @ 3,000 rpm, things have a way of falling into place...one slip with that same grinder, and my fingernail has a way of getting sanded off :(
After building and riding my first spoon (and after years of waiting), I am way too excited to build another...but, therein lies my problem, I don't personally need another.
These guys cost a lot in materials, and the labor involved is tremendous (I think that why I like it so much...I'm a glutton for board-building punishment), which is why the very few people that do make them charge upwards of $2,000.00.
Heres the deal, if a couple people want to fund another few spoons, I want to make them. I won't charge full price, since they are experiments and learning opportunities for all involved. I've been bitten by the spoon bug, and I want the poison to spread. These are not easy to surf, or even paddle in flat water, they are not for the faint of heart...but with that warning, it up to you as to how far you're willing to push yourself to expand your surfing spirituality.
If you're SERIOUSLY interested in doing this with me, send me an email and I'll talk price and details with you from there.
Keith Novosel's new stick, measuing out at 6'9, it's got a tad more rail curve than the hullibut or she hull. the tail is a soft diamond a-la Murray, rocker is extra flat as per usual, rails are bladed for ridiculous trim-time as usual.
Keith is a talented photographer and will be taking the board on a tour of Australia in a few weeks as a water-time companion. Here are a few sweet photos he has sent me of Albers on his Vampire:
Tuning the flex a tad, just ahead of the fin is a soft area known to create a hinge kinda effect, this idea is to stiffen that particular area with different glass layups and get the hinge to turn into a working part in the gradual flex towards the tip of the tail.
1/2" thick fin glassed on with some hefty layering.
Came up on a 1/2" thick fin panel at the True Ames warehouse, Chuck let me take it off his hands for my kneelo fin...so I got to grinding this afternoon for a bit...the panel is a friggin BEAST compared to a normal one!
The foil is pushed up towards the leading edge quite a bit more than a 'normal' fin, the flex is more of a downward sweep from the center than a wagging tip like most flex fins...if that makes any sense.