HARBOUR UNCENSORED CHRONICLES

 

 

We are all sold out of the 3,000 copies of the book “Harbour Life in Surfboard Culture Chronicles,” that was published by Orange Coast College. They printed about 70% of what I gave them. In many instances, certain pictures of personal magnitude, were either too small, or just not in the book.

 

OCC just couldn’t publish every picture, but I can! I have, for more than a year, been creating my own, “Uncensored” version. It also contains classic photos like the center spread taken in 1965 at Honolua Bay.

This book contains many new sidebars that focus on the changing board designs. This is information that should have been in the first book, but I did not provide it to them.

Last January I published one copy, and a very expensive venture that was. I found many areas that needed correcting, and I have just completed that task. Ten copies are on order. They will be for sale by the middle of next month.
Ten copies of a large format book (12 3/4 x 11 as seen in the comparison photo) is not a cheap book to print. They will cost $200.00 per copy. Each will be signed and numbered. No.s 1, 2, & 3 are already spoken for. There are only 7 left. Email me at: richharbour@gmail.com to reserve yours today.

Shane wants a new design

Our creative salesman Shane Bowman has been the genius behind some of the latest T-shirts. The HP Fin, Octopus, Pier, Banana, and the latest the Cali Bear Tee. So when he ever so slightly mentioned to me he was interested in a new shape that was spinning around in his ever so busy brain, I stepped up and did it.

Sanding the slightly concave bottom.

After 53 ,years of shaping, I’ve collected the proper tools for the job. Here’s a case in point. For the final sanding, the stringer needs to be level with the foam. This is typically done with a block plane but in this case, a standard plane is too wide and floats in the concave without cutting. However, my super small (rosewood) plane does the trick perfectly. And I do it (perfectly) no other way.

Shane and I with the 4-11 Simms style Diamond tail that was his inspiration. It will be a twin “keel” style fin set-up.

RANDY RARICK

Randy Rarick is one of the best on the planet at restoring surfboards. These are pictures of the finished product. From now on I will be featuring more pictures of future projects as he supplies them.

Our records show that this board that is numbered 4915, is a 9-10 that was ordered May 5th, 1967.

If you want a restoration done, Randy is located on Oahu, Hawaii. If you live on the mainland, getting the board back and forth will not be cheap.

CLOSE UP OF THE TAIL BLOCK

This is a one of a kind 11 piece tail block on the wall hanger. The thin pieces took about 2 hours to cut because they kept dissolving in the saw. The idea was to have the center be a 1/32″ basswood bordered by 3/64″ redwood and this was bordered by 5/32″ balsas that had 3/64″ redwoods on either side. This center concoction emulates the center stringers of the board’s T-Band.

SWEET

This one is a wall hanger.

And I now offer 8 quarter (about 1 7/8″ thick) hard rock maple racks to display your prized board on your wall.
Here is part of the process of assembling after about a day cutting out and sanding.

The pieces

This is a mortise & tenon joint.

Assembling

Finished rack. Of coarse there is another to make a pair.

Seal Beach Barber Shop Project

Several months ago I was getting my hair cut at the Seal Beach Barber Shop that had just changed ownership and had a complete face lift. The new owner, Mike Schafer, is really into cars and is in the final stages of restoring a 1961 Chevrolet Impalla SS convertable with the 409 engine. There were only 142 of these made. Remember the Beach Boys, “She’s real fine, my 409?”

This is what one looks like.

We got to talking and decided that it would be neat if I would make a copy of a 1961 surfboard from my collection and make a surfboard to use as a sign inside of his shop that has the feel of the Impalla.
So I taught myself using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, how to replicate the logos in the rear of the side flair. That was a huge project in itself, but I learned a lot.


And the surfboard was to look like this drawing I did.