How Grain Makes Wooden Surfboards


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How Grain Makes Wooden Surfboards



In this episode of Bloomberg Pursuits’ MADE series we visit a shop in York, Maine. Grain Surfboards are built through an additive process that has much in common with traditional wooden ship-building. Planks of wood are cut and glued onto an internal wood frame before being sanded down to their final shape.

Video by Brian Schildhorn, David Nicholson

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  1. Hand crafted with boat epoxy by guys who likely never surfed or worked for a shaper. Yeah, I'd totally go for a HUGE floater knowing a $2,500 board was under my feet.

  2. i made a fish some years ago, Grain sent me the kit, all the way to Hawaii, and it took just over a year, but she came out… beautiful. and surfs awesome too! contemplating another. keeping the stoke alive. just don't forget to put the vent plug in before a surf, and after when out! and it is 100% by hand, my hands built it.

  3. The work that has been put on it is not very much. Its just cut and assemble, no quality anyone can do that. The board has no quality test. No scientific design. No technical development. And the price totally not worth it.

  4. For anyone who's seen a surfer cry after snapping his 350 dollar stick on a rock, a 3000 dollar ride made with that balsa wood and varnish seems a bit on the lavish side

  5. If they're built 100% by hand, what the fk was the cnc router doing. Don't bother. 100 %?
    Ha! Try 30%.None of your millwork is done by hand unless you're counting moving stock from machine to machine then jigs. So you clamp by hand. Wooo hooo.

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