Wooden Longboards from the Long White Cloud
Out of the woodwork (so to speak) appears another timber surfboard company. Based in the forestry focussed town of Putaruru, in New Zealand’s Waikato region, it seems logical that Roy Stewart might lean towards timber for his custom-made surfboards, which range in price from $2,500 to $8,000. (see pic after fold)
One of his favoured woods is Paulownia. A species of Chinese deciduous tree, its timber is said to be very light, fine-grained, and warp-resistant, qualities which suit aquatic adventures. The construction method for the boards was developed back in 1995 and employs the same principle as diving boards and longbows.
If you can avoid bruised thumbs around hand tools you might want to try out the DIY plans and templates available from Power Surfboards (a.k.a. Olosurfer) for making your very own wooden surfboard. Or simply use their handmade organic surfwax, comprised solely of of New Zealand organic pine resin and organic beeswax blended with cold pressed Fijian coconut oil. ::Olosurfer via a comment on our earlier post about Grain Surfboards.
Organic surfwax and Olosurfer board
PS. We've found a few other wooden surfboard makers whom we'll post on soon.