Monday, October 29, 2007
A Little Contrast: Andy Gere's Hollow Wood SUB
Lot's of boards come from CAM machines mowing through foam like mutant ADD lawnmowers cranked up on speed. Some boards come from China, molded like a fortune cookie by comrade Ning Po. Very few boards, maybe five total in the United States, will be built hollow- planked entirely in wood. Andy Gere, a surfer from Santa Cruz California, is building his from redwood recycled from old water tanks- we'll keep track of his progress. Here's his first load of material- hard to believe it'll someday be sliding a NorCal point break.
If Giapetto was a surfer Pinochio would've been an oar: Gere's also making his own sweeps- initial stages of what should soon be a clean pusher. Check the workshop: a couple of fins tucked in amongst the router bits, some solid hand planes, wood shavings curling on the bench and a Pearson Arrow laminate- a place to chill out on a Friday afternoon, sip a couple of Steinlagers and spin yarns. A surfer's workshop.
Sometimes less is more. Sometimes more is more. Walking a clean one at home.