April 03 2020 Friday at 05:30 PM

Bob's Blue Birds

Deus Ex Machina proudly announces the latest release of the Deus McTavish Blue Bird Container Collection, 6'6" Blue Bird #6. Phew! Now you know the name, albeit very long, let us share in the wonderful chemistry that helped create such rarity. At the core of these beauties, literally, is an original style 7'0 Don blank. Don Burford, of Burford Blanks, made a mould (or plug as they are known in the industry) from concrete way back in the 70s. This plug is the very same one used to form the blanks of McTavish's very first Blue Birds, so it made sense to use it once again for this special collection. In addition to the original 7'0 Don plug, fine slithers of cedar stringers just a 1/16" thick were found resting somewhere under an inch of dust. These cedar stringers emanated from the same stash used by Burfords back in the 70s, so we are talking of more than 40 years of providence here folks. But wait, we are only half way through... Once the blanks were formed came the recreation of the shape itself, flowing steadily from Bob's memories. Out through his well worn and practised hands, in a way only its creator knows how, Bob began to shape. This time however Bob had set up camp in the Camperdown Container Bay and with boundless enthusiasm he channelled the Blue Birds of old with glee. Two days and one night passed, then finally Bob emerged from his comfy container with 12 masterfully hand shaped blanks. Ranging from the fine 6'6" flyer pintail to the tall and proud 6'8" pintail, these Blue Birds had to be finished with nothing but the best. So Bob called in his old mates Wiz (the fin master) and Billy (the laminating whisperer) to finish each board with the attention to detail they deserved. Beautiful contrasting blue resin, layered with 6 ounces of quality fibreglass, polished deck and fin patches to die for along with the tasteful addition of a classic glassed-on leash loop. Underneath you'll find the splendid hand-foiled single fin, carefully attached with the precision of a master craftsman. With so much love in these Blue Birds it was only appropriate that each board be proudly presented with a unique version of the famous Blue Bird mark, celebrating the partner ship between Deus, Bob McTavish and the legendary Blue Bird design. Oh and let's not forget: each board has been marked by Bob himself, numbered from 1 - 12. This collection is truly a chemistry equation all of it's own. Please enjoy these images and tell your kids life is good! This collection is available only at Deus Camperdown, Deus Byron and McTavish Byron. Bob's Blue Birds 1: 6'8" - 19 3/4" - 3 1/8" — SOLD 2: 6'8" - 19 1/2" - 3 1/16" — SOLD 3: 6'6" - 20" - 3" — SOLD 4: 6'8" - 19 1/2" - 3 1/16" — SOLD 5: 6'6" - 19 3/4" - 3" — SOLD 6: 6'6" - 19 3/4" - 3" — In stock online and at Deus Camperdown 7: 6'9" - 18 1/2" - 2 7/8" — SOLD 8: 6'6" - 19 3/4" - 3" — SOLD 9: 6'6" - 19 3/4" - 3" — SOLD 10: 6'8" - 19 1/2" - 3 1/16" — SOLD 11: 6'8" - 19 1/2" - 3 1/16" — SOLD 12: 6'6" - 19 3/4" - 3" — SOLD