April 03 2020 Friday at 02:45 PM
Within minutes of the initial conversation a half shaped longboard blank was being hacked up and glued back together with resin to produce a blank with the required amount of foam to get the proper spoon shape.
The boys hand drew up an outline from memories of spoon they have seen before, without the use of a spoon template, they used whatever they could find knocking around the Temple’s gardens, settling on the curve of a large bucket for the tail outline and a combination of longboard curves and shortboard outlines to get the overall outline.
Once the outline was cut and a few more bintangs ordered, Thomas started mowing out the bottom contour. When the extreme hull bottom was complete the spoon moved next door for some glass love.
Starting with six layers of glass, Jake laminated the bottom. This gave the spoon enough strength for the boys to carve out all the foam from the deck to reveal the clear glass panel. Many planer passes, a good dose of angle grinder and a whole lot of sanding later, the panel which gives the spoon its amazing look, was revealed.
Back to the glassing bay for the next few days and many more layers of fiberglass and some coloured resin. Accurate to the millimeter tape ups and a keen eye for detail, Jake had it all ready for a tedious sand job. Mostly sanded by hand, due to the curves of the craft, a few hours and dozen bits of sand paper later the spoon was ready for it's gloss.
Finally, late one Saturday afternoon, only four days after conception and a few hours of wet and dry and buffing a shiny new spoon appeared from the bays complete with fixed Greengough fin, something we hope George would be proud of, and a Deus metal motorcycle badge embedded into the bottom, the spoon was ready for some antics in the studio and solid drool over by everyone that set eyes upon her.
So when asked, what did the boy’s want in return for this sculptural masterpiece?
“Swap it for our bar tab! We think it’s pretty big.”