One night my good friend Max Whale came over to Quest university campus to skate our home-built garage-skate-spot. Max left a sun-roasted slab of maple in front of my parking spot when he left. This slab had been grayed from the year or so of sitting outside his workplace, Van Urban Timber. This slab had not the faintest idea what would soon become of it.
To set the scene: a 4- day vacation dubbed as "block break" at Quest University was just underway. A high pressure ridge of unexpectedly low humidity, sunny skies, and un-seasonally high temperatures was upon us in Squamish BC. We had many days of snow in Squamish this February and the spring melt felt as if it was beginning. Fiona (my amazing girlfriend) and I came back from Skookumchuck hot springs on the second day of the vacation, and I jumped right into some spring cleaning of my wood-chip-covered parking spot in the garage. That slab of maple was sitting there- all grey, old, and robust looking. All it took was one moment of standing on it for it to show to me what it could become with a little (or a lot) of elbow grease.
The maple slab, my swedish handsaw, a pencil, and a tape measure accompanied me from the dank garage and into some Squamish sun-rays. I stood nearby the doorway of my dorm building, in the presence of the Tantalus mountain range and started drawing out the shape and form of my dream powder surfing board. After cutting out the rough shape of the board, the Next step was to bring it down to Max and Danny at Van Urban Timber to seek out some help with sculpting the shape of the board. With help from the woodmizer saw-mill to the hand plane and a set of gouges, the old maple slab revealed its gorgeous spalting and entered a new realm of utility.
Here is a video of Max Whale cutting excess wood off of the slab.
Below is a photograph of the board receiving its last coat of minwax poly wax.
After that is a video of me riding the very board that had been a 2"x 12"x 48" slab only 3 days earlier.
Huge thanks to Max and Danny at Van Urban Timber for making this possible! Thanks to Johnny for showing us how to use a hand-planer. Thanks to Jeremy Jensen with Grassroots powsurfing for showing the world what is possible with a snowy hill and a finely shaped plank of wood!