Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

So, I've been so busy building hand planes for everyone else that I haven't built one for myself yet. I glued up some scraps of paulownia I had leftover w/ stringers of red cedar and mahogany. After the outline was cut out and the hand plane was shaped I added channels. I'm going to take this down to PR the next time I go.

Hand Plane #6

Here is paulownia hand plane #6. It has a light concave in the bottom for enhanced lift. Coated w/ a linseed oil bees wax mix. I left this one a little thicker @ about 3/4" hopefully for added buoyancy. I have this one up for sale on my Etsy site here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Paulownia Handplanes #4 & 5

#4 Paulownia Handplane

#5 Paulownia Handplane
gifted to Anthony the Barber

Just finished off bodysurfing handplanes #4 & #5. Both are made from Royal Paulownia and are coated w/ a linseed oil and beeswax finish.
#4 is for sale for $65

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Brian

Here is handplane #3 for my friend Brian Wynn of Wynn Surfboards.
Made from paulownia and coated w/ a bees wax linseed oil mixture.
Merry Xmas Brian.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Hollow Days

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Festivus, & Happy New Year to all. A special thank you to all my clients that made this year so special.
Here is a shot of Alex's finished alaia for Xmas...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A fishing sculpture "Fish On!"

Brigid contacted me for a sculpture for a friend for Xmas. She bought a surf sculpture from me last year, this year it's a fisherman. I think he came out pretty cool with his yellow overalls.

Paulownia Hand Plane #2

Here is #2. This is a cut through handle design. I think I am liking the surface mount handles better, but there is something earthy & "green" about not adding nylon strapping. I cut a nice concave in the bottom of this to try to achieve some lift while bodysurfing.

The first Paulownia hand plane "The Flat Fish"

Here is the first of many hand planes I've been working on. It's made from paulownia scrap that I didn't want to discard from making the alaias. It has a flat top rolled bottom and an adjustable hand strap. I coated it in the same linseed oil and bees wax solution the I've been using on the alaias. This one is going to Richard Tator of the OLC for a Xmas present.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Finishing the alaia

To finish the boards I'm using a linseed oil and bees wax solution that I melt down and mix together. Most guys are using just one coat b/c paulownia is salt water resistant. Buuut, I believe in overkill, so I do 2.
The logos and my signature are burnt into the wood.

Finish sanding the alaia

For the final sanding of the Alaias I go through a few grits of paper. I start w/ 100 grit to knock down the hard edges on the rails and add the concave in the back. Then I smooth everything out w/ 150 grit, and finally 220.


Nick talking about how cool the grain is in
the bookmatched alaia

Bookmatched paulownia alaia
for Xmas

Shop alaia

Planing out the alaia rail bands

I've found that hand planing my rail bands is easier than using the power planer on the paulownia. I use my smaller block plane to run the rails, then I go to my grinder/sander to finish them off.

Alaias outlined and rough cut...

The 6' Alaia for an Xmas present and the shop Alaia have been templated and cut out. 1st step was to clean up the blanks, so I planed down the high spots w/ an old block plane that I have. Then I put a piece of masonite down that I have cut to the exact size template I want and draw it on the blanks. Then I cut them out w/ a jig saw.

Alaia and Paipo glue ups...

Got the shop alaia and paipo glued up the other day. Went with a stringer effect in both of them to see how it works. The alaia has 2 cedar stringers running through it, and the paipo has a cedar and paulownia t-band.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New York Times article on Alaias

Looks like even the New York Times is on the Alaia track. Here is a recently run article. NYT ALAIA ARTICLE

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alaias' for X-mas...

Working on a few Christmas presents. One for a customer and a few for shop use. The customer project is a 6' paulownia alaia. For shop experimentation we are building a 6' paulownia alaia and a 3' paulownia paipo. I might even add in a few hand planes for good measure.
The wood was milled yesterday and we joined, biscuited, glued and clamped the customer alaia. Glue ups for the shop boards will be done today.

I'll keep you all updated on the outline cutout and shaping.

3' paipo ready for glue up

6' Alaia - Paulownia w/ red cedar stringers
(for shop experimentation)

Alaia Xmas present glued and clamped

Joined and biscuit

Milling the paulownia

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On the search for Paulownia...

As I woke up this afternoon from my fever induced coma, I found myself on the Cape May Lewis Ferry on the Delaware side. About a 1/2 drive was ahead of me and the Wu dog. We finally arrived @ Chesapeake Woodworkers Sales in Millboro, De. The guys were more than helpful and showed me around the shop and lumber yard. I found lots of exotic wood species and the wood I came for Royal Paulownia. I want to thank everyone there and if you are interested in buying Royal Paulownia look Chesapeake Woodworkers Sales up on the web @ .

Thanks to them I'll be able to finish another Alaia project for a client before Xmas.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Clocks & Tide Clocks!!!!

Just finished off some fresh surfboard tide clocks and a regular surfboard clock. They will be for sale on my Etsy site. Check them out... they will start @ $70

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Turkey Day Everyone...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
For the holiday season quickly approaching, I have set up an Etsy account for everyone to buy gifts and product. It's quick and simple to buy using Paypal. I'm offering FREE SHIPPING inside the Continental USA for now on smaller items. You never know, I may offer it on larger items too.
You can connect to my Etsy shop here...

Plus, if you can't find it, it's the top tab in my links on this blog. It says... "BUY JK Surf Art online here..."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ahhhhh, a much needed vacation...

My family and I are home from a much needed vacation in Puerto Rico. It was nice to catch up with some old friends and kick back with a few Presidente's on the hammock. The surf was fun and inspiring. I'm starting a few new paintings and a bunch of block prints of PR. I'll show them as soon as they are done.
Thanks to our friends Stefan, Summer & Sidney for putting us up and putting up with us.
You can check out their blog here... Ca2PR

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Trophies for the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca

18" Special Surfboard Trophy, 16" 1st place, 13" 2nd place, 10" 3rd place

I was honored to be asked to make trophies for the City of Rancho Cucamonga's Founders day festival this year. The theme this year is California Dreamin' so naturally Surfboard Trophies are best thing to award the winning floats.
Founders day is Saturday Nov 14.
This is from the Rancho Cucamonga, Ca website ...
The celebration begins with our annual Founders Day Community Parade at the Victoria Gardens Regional Town Center. This year’s California Dreamin’ theme is sure to inspire some great floats and entertainment. After the parade, check out our Street Fair and enjoy tours, craft booths, antique cars, a talent show and hands-on activities for kids. A special Lewis Family Playhouse performance of "The Crayon Court" is also on the Founders Day schedule. The RC Founders event you won’t want to miss!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


what else do I do? I fix surfboards. I've been fixing boards for about 20 years now, and do it all. Here are some before and after pics of a delaminated nose I just got finished.
Good as new. Thanks Tim.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Special Thanks to The Dune House

I would like to thank the ladies @ the Dune House, Avalon, NJ for their support this summer. They always support me and my sculpture work. You always feel the love when entering their store. Proceeds of sales @ the Dune House go to Brendan's Fund to help fight childhood cancer in our area. For more info you can go to .
The Dune House will be closing soon for the winter. I can't wait for them to reopen in the spring.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Trophies for the 14th Annual Nuns' Beach Surf Contest in Stone Harbor, NJ

Here are some shots of the trophies that I've been working on with help from Mr. Tony Mig.
Sister James requested 42 trophies total plus a fin trophy. They came out real well. I hope the contest goes smoothly, looks like there's gonna be waves.

Anyone interested in custom made trophies please email me @
pricing will vary by woods and extras used

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fresh Alaias...

"Kaya" 7'4" swallow tail alaia

"KiKi" 5'1 alaia

I just finished off 2 alaias. The first one is "KiKi" a 5'1" made from laminated yellow pine finished w/ a beeswax / linseed oil mixture.
The second is "Kaya" a 7'4 swallow tail alaia made of paulownia wood with a mahogany noseblock finished with a beeswax / linseed oil mixture. The paulownia wood blank came from John Wegener of Wegener Surfboards in Cali. Paulownia wood is beautiful to work with and it's light as a feather. If you would like info on John's paulownia blanks he can be contacted through his website

Both alaias, plus the 7'8" Philippino mahogany one, will be on display @ the Art Of Surfing Festival on the Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ - Aug 6-8th.


I will be @ the Art Of Surfing Festival on the Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ thurs, fri & sat nights. Please swing by and check out all of my new paintings, sculptures, and the new alaias that were just finished.
Hope to see all of you there.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Caribbean Dreams I & II

Caribbean Dreams II - SOLD
Acrylic on board w/ bass, mahogany, pine & paduk mini surfboard
Mahogany frame

Caribbean Dreams $350
Acrylic on board w/ patina copper painting
Mahogany frame

I just finished these 2 paintings for the show I am doing @ the JCC in Margate, NJ w/ my friends and fellow artists John Baker and Steve Mullen. The Show opening will be Thursday 7/23 from 6-9pm. Please swing by and see the show, or contact me via email for purchase.