Ricky Carroll’s balsa surfboard

balsa wood surfboard

A couple of months back surfboard #3 of my surfboard/art project and he was impressed with what we had done. I was delighted with his request to use an inlay design on one of his beautifully hand crafted, and expensive, solid balsa surfboard. The inlay would be placed as a lengthwise strip that measured 7’6″ long and 5″ wide on either side of the center stringer. The inlays that I’ve created for my personal boards are the full width and length of the bottom of the board. To create a one photograph inlay of the proportions Ricky wanted was close… Continue reading 

January 27th, 2011  |   Posted in: Personal Projects, Portrait, Surfboard Art   |   Tagged: manufacture, people, surfboard   |   Leave a comment

Custom Surfboard Inlay #3

Crystal Lip on a 7'6" RC Semi-gun

  My latest surfboard art was created in conjunction with award winning shaper Ricky Carroll of RC Surfboards in Rockledge, Florida. The inlayed image, titled “Crystal Lip” (#1 of 10), is from a series of recently photographed wave lips. It evokes purity in motion and makes a striking and dramatic image on this, my third surfboard inlay. From the outset it was truly a collaborative effort. Ricky suggested a 7″ 4″ semi-gun style, big wave board and a color resin tint job on the opposite side of the print. This would be the first time we would accent a color… Continue reading 

October 20th, 2010  |   Posted in: My News, Personal Projects, Surfboard Art   |   Tagged: manufacture, surfboard, surfing   |   5 comments

Three Years in the Making: The Construction of a Sports Fishing Yacht

boat construction

(This story comes from an assignment I shot for the owner of “Big Dog” who wants a coffee-table book to remember this once in a lifetime undertaking). Three years is a long time to be tied to one project, no matter how much labor of love is involved. But three years is what it took to hand build the “Big Dog”, a 75′ sports fisherman motor yacht with a tall ‘tuna’ tower attached to the outer hull that is used by big game fishermen through out the world. The Mark Willis designed and built boat is a classic through and… Continue reading 

December 3rd, 2009  |   Posted in: Boating, Corporate, Lifestyle   |   Tagged: manufacture, marine   |   Leave a comment

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