Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joe Lowenstein Fine Stained Glass Work/Banzai Pipeline

"Pipe Dream" by J. Lowenstein 2010

Joe contacted me a while back to help get his work out to more people. As an artist and a lover of art I of course said yes. His work is awesome, and pictures defiantly don't do it justice. I saw it during sun set @ Steve & Cookies Oyster Bar in Margate, NJ a few weeks ago. It is stunning. Finished in April after 7 months/500 hrs, he was trying to show one of the gigantic 50 ft. monsters that roll in over the north shore of Oahu in the winter. It measures 6' x 3', and has approx. 1500 pieces of German, French, and American style glass, plus several shades opf glue chip glass.

Asking price: $9500

Here's is Joe's bio...
I started out in the styained glass trade back in 1979. I was walking down Main ST. in New hope, Pa, when I came upon a stained glass shop. I walked insideand was looking out from the inside-this dude had an entire forest scene down 20 ft. on one wall and 30 ft. down the other one. He probably had 50,00 pieces of glass in this project. My jaw dropped, the guy came out of the back of the shop and asked me if he could help me, I said"how do you do this"? He laughed ,told me to come into his workshop and he'd show me. He showed me how to use the cutters, grozing pliers,etc. He said the best tyhing I could do was go to a hardware store at home and get some cheap window panel type glass, the 2 sets of pliers, and go home and practice cutting the glass. He sais I'd know very soon if this or not. If not-then I wouldn't have spent much cash. I did all this and within 10 min I knew I was HOOKED!!!!!. I strated making small suncatchers that you hang in front of the window on a string. Then I made afew larger things mirrors, jewel boxes, etc. By one yrs time, I was making full siuze panels for the neighbors. As time passed, I found I was getting all the work I could do by word of mouth referrals alone. I have many references that can be called,who can attest to my work. Thanks again- JOE

If you are interested in Joe's work please contact me, and please if you are in the area of Steve & Cookies in Margate, NJ stop in and see this for yourself.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cutting boards for Xmas gifts...

The Cutting Board Above Is

It seems these things are taking off. I'm making cutting boards and have already sold a bunch for Xmas. If you would like one (or more) contact me now so I can get it glued up and finished off before Xmas. I'll ship these out, but make sure you get you get your order in now, the last day I feel safe shipping out is Dec 15th.
You can find some of these and ones like them on my Etsy

Monday, November 15, 2010

Custom Wedding Cake Topper ...

My friend Steve Gibson and his new wife Kathryn commissioned me to do a piece for their wedding cake. Congrats guys the wedding looked beautiful. I'm glad you chose me to be part of your special day.

Special thanks to Rebecca Perazza-Benson for the photos.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sculpture for South Jersey Surfrider Event

Here is a sculpture I made for the South Jersey Surfrider Foundation art benefit last winter. My friend Steve Mullen sent this over to me a bit ago. I forgot about it, but now it's found. Dig the fancy red wetty! ;-) The board is made from paulownia and red cedar.

Dashboard Riders headed to San O!!!!

These 2 dashboard riders will be on proud display in 2 different San O surf vans. These triple stringer boards are glued up from maple and mahogany, both with red cedar log cutoff bases (I found on the beach in my secret spot).
Sterling, I hope you and your buddy enjoy these guys as much as I enjoyed making them.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New baggies designed by yours truly...

They are finally here...
I designed these shorts as a part of the Quicksilver Collaborative. 6 surf shops were chosen to design their own shorts. Heritage Surf Shop was one of these, and I was asked to design a one of a kind "Fin Revolution" painting to use as the print on them. Quicksilver made up a pair of their bitchin Diamond Doby board shorts with the image. I'm super stoked on the way they turned out.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"Perfect Trim" sculpture

A new sculpture for my non existent blog posts... Perfect Trim is a small sculpture on a hunk of royal paulownia. The board is made of bass wood with a mahogany and maple t-band and a paduk fin. finishing off the sculpture is a patina copper wave lined with small pieces of driftwood. This surf art sculpture will be for sale on my Etsy site. Sorry for the blurry pics.

Friday, May 28, 2010

William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor...

The great people @ the William Ris Gallery liked my work so much they have asked me to keep my sculptures and paintings up for a while longer. They even gave me my own corner of the gallery. Stop by if you are in the South Jersey area and check out the offerings they have. What an awesome gallery.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sir fArt Show May 28th & 29th

Surf Art Show, Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 28th & Sat May 29th ...

@ the Yoga Studio @ 24 South Washington Ave, Margate, NJ. Show opens @ 5 each day and ends when we decide to close the doors each night. Come by and support local artists and have a great time checking out homegrown talent.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Here's another one of them tharrrr tide clocks for the Old Salt in Ocean City, NJ... The body of the glue-up is Maple & Brazilian Cherry with a t-band of blood wood, pine & purple heart.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2 of Lances' wall hanging boards...

Here are 2 boards I finished for my friend Lance for wall art. The first is made from brazilian cherry, red oak, purple heart, and yellow heart with blood wood and maple nose and tail blocks. The fin is made from 12 sheets of fiberglass cloth with a mahogany stringer running through it. The second board is made from 1/4 sawn red oak and black walnut w/ mahogany nose and tail blocks. The fin on this one is made from red oak and mahogany.
Enjoy Lance!
Also, check out charity foundation, it's Lances' families orginization dedicated to memory of his dad Chip. You can also follow them on Facebook HERE.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Finally found my camera...

Woo hoo!!!
So here are some tide clocks I've been building...
These will be available @ the Old Salt on the boardwalk @ 13th St in Ocean City, NJ.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sea, Sand, Sun & Fun Gallery exhibit...

"The William Ris Gallery presents...

Sea, Sand, Sun & Fun... an art show featuring local artists whos love of surfing is translated to oils, photography and sculpture. Artists include John Baker, Jamie Kelly, Steve Mullen, Steve Kazuma and Scott Soens, all avid surfers who travel the globe for their love of surfing."

I'll be one of the featured artists @ the upcoming show "Sea, Sand, Sun & Fun" @ the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ next month. Opening reception will be Sat. May 1st 7-10pm. Come by the gallery and buy everything in sight. A portion of the proceeds go to the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund.

For more info on the gallery go HERE.

For info on the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund click HERE.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Don't you hate it when you loose your camera. I've been so scattered trying to get everything done for people I keep misplacing it. I have lots of pictures to take to show everyone, no camera though. I'll keep searching. For now here's a pic of Keegan in PR...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Andy's Firewire finished...

Here's a pic of the finished firewire of Andy's that I posted in a prior post... more from the ding room . It turned out really good. I'm getting better at these major epoxy repairs. Better late than never, I guess.
Anyway, it's all finished out and ready to hit the water again buddy. See you soon.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Alaia for the No Passport Needed raffle is finished.

Red Cedar & Paulownia tailblock

white cedar Alaia

This board will be raffled off @ the party for the No Passports Needed movie tomorrow night 4/9 @ Yesterdays Bar in Marmora NJ. Raffle tickets are $10 each.

I made this board from 3 strips of white cedar. Finished in a waterborne polyurethane.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dashboard Fishermen...

I just completed 12 of these for my friends @ the new 24-7 Bait & Tackle shop in EHT. They will be available there for purchase. They have great wiggling action and are mounted on driftwood bases. Check them out before they are all gone.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Board for the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund...

I've been participating in the Borek Art show for about 4 years now. The families @ the BBMF contacted me about doing this board for their party next weekend. I'm happy with the way it came out. The muted "Fin Revolution" painting in the background makes it for me.

Here's a little more about the Brendan Borek Foundation...

Brendan’s Fund strives to provide “High Tide” conditions for local Cape May County families who have a child or young adult with cancer.

Brendan’s Fund is a not-for-profit grassroots organization whose efforts are directed towards providing comprehensive, compassionate and personalized assistance to these special children and their families. Services range from professional counseling and advocacy programs to financial and material assistance.

Please visit their website @

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Busy woodworking day...

White cedar alaia w/ red cedar and paulownia tailblock

Harry's paulownia arc tail alaia

Handplane #10 paulownia, red cedar & mahogany (sold)

Handplane #11, paulownia downrailed swallow tail (sold)

I spent most of yesterday working on some projects for clients and my Etsy shop.

The Alaia Raffle board (Being raffled off @ Yesterdays restaurant in Marmora, NJ on 4/9/10) has been cut out. I also cut the bottom concave in yesterday as well as planed out the bottom rails. This board is made from white cedar with a red cedar and paulownia tail block. For raffle tickets contact me @ .
Harry's Alaia has been skinned and is ready for the concave to be cut into the bottom.
Finally I made 2 new bodysurfing hand planes, one for a client and one for stock. The first is a slipper model made from paulownia with red cedar and mahogany stringers. The second is a downrail swallow tail model for Paul Aman. I'm coating both of these with a sanding sealer and a waterborne polyurethane. Once that is dry I'll add the straps.

more from the ding room...

As I've said before, I also fix surfboards. With surfboard technology constantly changing these days you need to step your game up. I got a friends buckled Firewire a few months back and have been researching how to fix it. The big thing was to get the cracked EPS back together. I had to inject 2/1 pour foam into the crack, cut back the extra, and then add an epoxy/ferring filler combo to take care of any extra bubbles. Then I sanded it back and wrapped it. Tomorrow I'll sand the wrap back and give it a final coat of epoxy. Then I'll do a final sand and paint it so you can't even tell.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New 3' boards in the works...

I've been working on some boards for clients lately. These are all around 3' , hand glued and shaped. The first 2 are for Lance and are going to be wall hangers. #3 is for a large sculpture and is once again inspired by Mike (Gnar Gnar) Black's Pig project. The 4th will be for a large sculpture also which will be placed in a local dentist office. # 2 & 3 will get glass chopstick fins that I am about to mount today. More pics to follow.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Evolution Surfboard Painting...

I love working w/ stencils and spray paint. There is something simple yet complex about it. Here is something I did on a board for the shop.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Heritage Ocean City counter tops cont...

The counter tops are now coated and look insane!!! There is so much figuring in the African Mahogany. The shimmers of gold are my favorite.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Heritage Ocean City counter tops

I've been working for the last month on building a new counter for Heritage Surf Shop in Ocean City, NJ. The base display cabinets are built out and now I'm working on the counter tops. This top is inspired by the floors I helped Jim Hyde of Old School Hardwood Floors install in Steve and Cookies by the Bay in Margate, NJ. It is reminiscent of an old boat deck. The African Mahogany and Maple set themselves off very cool. Here are shots of the tops before coating them.

Recycled crab pot buoy painting

Dia Lata was a Celtic water goddess. Here is the first example of my latest work on an old crab pot buoy I found in the bay while scavenging for driftwood for my sculptures.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Harry's Alaia continued...

I finished out gluing up the tailblock to Harry's board. I added a few more pieces of wood too. Here is a pic of the tailblock glued up and the outline of the tail cut out.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Curved tail block...

Here is a shot of the curved tail block I came up with for Harry's Alaia sitting in the jig. It's made from 3 strips of Honduran mahogany and 2 strips of royal paulownia.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Harry's Alaia

Here is the glue up for my OLC buddy Harry's alaia. Harry is the owner/roaster of Harry and Beans Coffee, yep, the guy that keeps me all coffeed up!
I ran into a bit of trouble milling this paulownia. The last time I got some it was very clear w/ minimal knots. This batch, from a different source, was riddled w/ worm holes and knots. Unfortunately I had to mill it into smaller pieces, so this glue-up is made from 5 pieces of royal paulownia. It's going to be around a 6'4 arc tail. I might do some fancy glue-ups in the tail for effect. We'll see.