THE MOTOR-SURFER

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Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.

Friday

Made by hand

Having grown up with a carpenter/contractor father, I have a great appreciation for anything hand made... I mean who doesn't appreciate the time, commitment, focus and dedication to perfecting a craft that requires a keen eye and steady hand? I've dabbled in several different hand-skill endeavors. Although most of the projects fell victim to my impatience and laziness, I still consider myself "handy" relative to most. Just liking catching your own food or building your own transportation (ahhumm, motorcycle...cough) or shaping your own surfboard, the reward will always be that much sweeter...

Which leads me to introduce another (and more dedicated) connoisseur of hand-made goods is the fine gentleman from A Time To Get, who has another blog dedicated to the art of individually crafted items - www.thegetupandgetdown.com (are blogs and websites considered hand made? I mean you do have to write up all that html code etc...)

Anyways, one of the many items that caught my eye was the handmade surfboards (obviously) from Timberline. A couple of artsy, retro riding surfboard making, wood workers from Santa Barbara. They use a mostly Paulownia Wood for their boards, which is known for it's incredible strength to weight ratio and water resistant qualities. The same wood they make Alaia surfboards from. In Asia they use this wood for coffins, because it lasts forever...


Which reminds me of the beautiful boards made by the folks at GRAIN Surfboards, where you can buy a do-it-yourself balsa surfboard kit. I've been tempted but it's a serious undertaking and costs about as much as retro twin fin off the rack... but still, you made it... by hand.

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