Sunday, 20 October 2013

I'm Moving


Those of you who have being paying attention will have noticed that my new website is up and running and it has a built in blogging page. So i'm moving the blog from here to there.

The new address is bellow

There is a subscribe button on the right hand side of the new page. Just add your e-mail address to receive the latests news. See you on the other side.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Longboard and Lumus for sale


Beautiful 2+1 Nose rider
9'2 x 22 3/4 x 2 3/4, 2+1 
blue resin tint on the bottom with a clear deck
as new condition 

Sold




Lumus 5'8" x 20 5/8 x 2 3/4
resin tinted
translucent red bottom
translucent grey deck
handmade bamboo fins
matt resin finish
brand new and fresh from the factory
usual price £545

Sold



Friday, 16 August 2013

Longboard for sale



Beautiful 2+1 Nose rider
9'2 x 22 3/4 x 2 3/4, 2+1 
blue resin tint on the bottom with a clear deck
as new condition 
only £490

contact chris on 07805116507 or luckylecky1@gmail.com

please share with any one that you think might be interested.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Nomad Surf Store


My longboards are are now available over at Nomad Surf Store.
Ciaran is one of the few people that i would trust to sell my surfboards. he has been a good friend for a long time, he knows his longboards and really cares about pairing surfers up with the right equipment. we have worked together to bring you four of my most refined, forward thinking longboards. 

Nomad are only selling boards built here in the UK and design by some of our countries leading shapers.

head over and have a look.

here is how Ciaran describes the store.

The NOMAD SURF STORE is simple...We only stock performance and traditional longboards, it's our passion and it's what we do best. You will only find the very best handmade surfboards produced right here in the United Kingdom. Made by established craftsmen who ride, refine andproduce their own unique designs.  Visit the site, what you see is what is in stock and available right now. Order your board and it will be professionally packed and delivered to you, fully insured within 48 hours. Handmade, well considerd surfboards from the finest shapers and surfersin the land and all the kit to go with it. If you care about what's under your feetcheck us out. If you're not sure or need help, please get in touch and have a chat weare only too happy to offer help and information regarding your new board.
Laters, C.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

New things from old things


I am currently fitting out a small work space for myself. 
In need of furniture i rescued a desk that had come to the end of it's useful life and was destined for fire wood. from it i made this stool and set of shelves. 


Monday, 22 July 2013

Lumus



5'11" Lumus with tinted patches
handmade glassed on runners and removable glass rear fins
for Toby

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Lumus for SALE




Lumus 5'8" x 20 5/8 x 2 3/4
resin tinted
translucent red bottom
translucent grey deck
handmade bamboo fins
matt resin finish
brand new and fresh from the factory
usual price £545
selling for a one off price of £475

the Lumus is, with good reason, my best selling model. it makes a fantastic all-round everyday board, preforming well in a really wide range of conditions. For more information on the Lumus and feedback from customers have a look here.
or e-mail me at info@empiresurfboards.com

please share this anyone that you think might be interested.
thank you.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Tools


The finest tools in the world are the ones from your Grandfathers tool box.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Lumus



Resin tinted Lumus for Simon
with handmade bamboo fins


Monday, 1 July 2013

Mystery


9'1" Mystery for Martin
orange tint with white resin bands

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Board for sale



Gregor from Finisterre is selling his shortboard
6'0" x 19 1/2 x 2 3/8
in good condition
 £200
e-mail Gregor for more info

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Universal



7'5" Universal for Johnny
Clear with a tinted fin patch

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Box


Chicken Kara-age Bento
in a handmade sycamore box

I've been making wooden boxes from locally sourced Sycamore for a while now and wanted to share where i am up to.

Internationally there is a very rich heritage of making boxes by steam bending thin strips of wood into hoops. many cultures have their own interpretation of this idea. From the simple oval boxes of the Shakers, the ornately decorated boxes of northern Europe, the Scandinavian Tines and the Magewappa of Japan, The boxes that i make are influenced by both European and Japanese boxes. 



They are made from Sycamore, sourced locally in the west country where possible with the rest being made up from European Sycamore. There is a long history of Sycamore being used for both food containers and utensils. Not only is it an attractive timber, it is also non tainting, close grained and hard wearing. The Sycamore is cut into fine veneers and then steam bent around a form to make the band.


The band is stitched together using a single continuous strip of copper. 
Copper is naturally antimicrobial.


These boxes have a low environmental impact, will last a life time and if you did want to get rid of one they will naturally bio-degrade. They make fantastic lunch boxes, the base is water tight, and are also ideal for storing dry foods like rice or flour. The lid is steam bent and formed around the base to give a near air tight fit.

The plan is to make a few of these to sell but I would appreciate any feedback.
if you like these boxes let me know. Please "like" if you are on Facebook or leave a comment and help to generally spread the word.
Many thanks.

Monday, 10 June 2013

The Universal high line


Racing the high line on a 7'9" Universal.

Photo taken by Mel at Splashography
keep an eye out for him on the beach and check his website for photos.
thanks Mel.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The finished wedding ring



well, here is the finished ring after acid etching.

i set out to make a ring that is unique to me, something rare and precious. not so much because of the element that it is made from but through the process by which it is made.

making pattern welded titanium is a relatively new process and one that is full of difficulties. a layer of oxides form on the surface and that makes it hard to weld, the same oxides also make etching difficult. the exact pattern is unpredictable and no two pieces are the same.

i am satisfied that i have achieved what i set out to do, this ring is singular, there really isn't another one quite like it. in fact having done quite a lot of research on the subject, it is likely to be the only Pattern Welded Titanium wedding ring in the world.

How to make you own wedding ring Part 3


Shape the outside of the ring using an angle grinder, abrasive paper and files.


Create the profile inside the ring using a Dremel with an abrasive drum, then polish with a buffing wheel.

As you can see, after polishing the Damascus pattern is no longer showing. in order to bring the pattern out the ring needs to be acid etched.

Acid Etching

Titanium is tricky stuff to etch and you need some really aggressive chemicals to do the job.

i would not recommend attempting to etch titanium. 

if you are in any doubt, have a read of the material safety data sheet for Hydrofluoric acid. this stuff is really nasty and according to the experts that i spoke to, it shouldn't be handled without a full protective suit and a respirator with a face shield.

So, the original plan was to have someone etch the ring for me but very few people will etch titanium given the potentially risks of working with such dangerous chemicals. after exhausting all of the options both here and in America and doing a lot of research, it turns out that it's possible to do it in your shed with a pair of rubber gloves and some chemicals contained in readily available products that you can buy on-line. still a little scary but the quantities of acid that you need are relatively low and the risks are manageable.
still wouldn't recommend it though.





Thursday, 2 May 2013

How to make your own wedding ring part 2


The first job is to drill the hole through the centre.


With a 4 jaw chuck, mount the block on a centre lathe and drill a hole with a centre drill.


Then use progressively larger drills to enlarge the hole.


and a boring bar to clean and open the hole to the finished diameter.


Then back to the milling machine to mill down to the finished width and chamfer the corners.


more to follow...

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

How to make your own wedding ring part 1


Because of the significance of a wedding band, I wanted a ring that was both special and unique to me. I decided that the best way forward would be to make my own. In that way, through choice of material and the labour of making i would have a ring that is not only unique to me but also reminds me of the journey to get here and bond that it symbolises.

So for those interested, here is how i did it.

The Material

I make my living by working with my hands so I wanted a metal that was both tough and durable. I chose pattern welded (also know as Damascus) Titanium because of it's toughness, weight, appearance and the process through which it is made. This very special material is only produced by a handful of craftsmen around the world and has a pattern like wood grain. The pattern is produced by welding different alloys of titanium together and then twisting the welded bar. the patterns are largely random and no two pieces are alike. I contacted Richard Furrer from Door County Forgeworks in Wisconsin. 


Along with Damascus titanium Ric also makes beautiful Knives, Swords, Axes and Tools from his own hand made Damascus Steel. have a look at his work here:
http://doorcountyforgeworks.com/Available_Work.html


this is my piece of Titanium, milled square and ready to go. More to follow...


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Monday, 8 April 2013

Jar




Small Jar decorated with a chattering technique.
Made for Maz's birthday