Last year I had the pleasure of meeting a new friend and colleague, David Town. David is from Bend Oregon. The day we met, David had been surfing at San-O with another good friend of mine, Larry Cecil. David heard that Larry was stopping by my shop after surfing. David came with him and Larry introduced us to each other. I immediately found David to be a bright and likeable young man and learned that he was also a talented board builder, shaper and fin maker.
After getting to know David and seeing examples of his work it became clear to me that David is one of the right minded, right hearted and exceptionally talented craftsmen in our industry. He creates beautiful balsa boards and wooden fins, including ones modified for center box application.
David is a generation younger than I and so is a bit younger in his career than I. Because of David's natural talent, the quality of his work already and his true appreciation and understanding of the art involved in our craft, I have been pleased to share with David some of the technical methods, tools and timesaving tricks of our craft that I developed over the years or that were earlier passed down to me. Truth be said, he already possessed many of them.
The timing of our introduction is important in another way. I am retiring from surfboard and fin making as a business. It gives me great comfort to know that I can refer future inquiries to David Town with a very high recommendation regarding his talent and abilities.
David, Keep Rockin' the incredible fins! Aloha, JC