Whats up dooders and doodettes,
There's this rad company down the road from me called Grain Surfboards, you can check them out on the webernet here;
Their goal and what they're about is to provide people with an alternative approach to surfboard design. Rather than non-renewable, non-recyclable PU and EPS foam, their boards are made of locally harvested white cedar (with the occasional red cedar from the West Coast to add some flare). The boards are hollow with an internal frame structure, you can check out the deets on the site.
They provide these boards either as a build your own class, in-home kits or they make the board for you start to finish. They have east coast and west coast tours to hold board and hand plane classes, pretty neat! After wanting one forever, I finally gutted up and got their Homegrown Kit. I ordered a 5' 5" Mr. Simmons a week or two ago and I am starting to build some of the shaping and rocker stands as I wait for the kit to be put together and cut.
I was gunna make this thread a sort of blog post– keep it up to date as I work on this board weekly. If anyone else is interested in showing your own homegrown shapes (wood or not) post them up! It's cool process and I thought maybe someone would be into it.
Where I am at right now:
I have ordered the kit that comes with the frame set, rail strips, planks and tail block. Usually it comes with the glassing materials but I am going to make some glassed on fins with them once I finish the construction, so it wasn't included in my kit.
I also tried to use wood I have around my house for the shaping stand and rocker table. But my father was prepared to kick me out if I took apart my old bunk bed he planned to sell or give to his grandkids, if I used it for my "hippie shit". The hunt for other reclaimed lumber is ongoing. I will post updates in the thread.