Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Todays Final Score

Paulownia 1, Brownfish 0. Sometimes it just happens. The Paulownia kicks my ass. Paulownia is an awesome wood. So incredibly strong. So incredibly light. It is the perfect performance wood for making handplanes and Alaia's. Problem is, sometimes it can be incredibly hard to manipulate. It has prominant hard grain, with softer wood in between. You start out with a 1" thick blank, and widdle it down to 1/4", and less in some places. Problem is, you really can't plan out, where that grain is gonna land, when you widdle away that much wood. So, if you get a bunch of grain going through the nose, well, to put it bluntly, you are screwed. It is so hard to even out the nose, when multiple offshoots of grain are pushing through. So, today, I was trying to finish up Brian's second board, so I could ship his two boards off to Australia tomarrow. Well, Brian is gonna have to wait another day. Sorry Brian. I spent a good extra 45 minutes trying to make it OK. This board will probably become a Demo. I'll fancy it up with some bells and whistles to take the eye off the outline. Most probably can't see, and won't see it, even if they are holding it. I can. I really don't want boards going out that are uneven. Even if they perform just the same. I could see Brian getting his reject board, going on trip to Hawaii, getting some good ones at Pipeline, then showing Cunningham his crooked hand plane that Brownfish made him. Yea, it's a stretch, but....

1 comment:

JK Surf Art said...

I've had a few paulownia ones do that to me too. It sucks, then I end up gifting it to someone.