Friday, June 26, 2009
The Victoria Skim contest is this weekend, saturday and sunday, at Aliso in Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make this years contest, but have seen many good ones in the past. Victoria Skimboards is also claiming to be increasing the bandwidth on it's "Aliso Cam", so perhaps you can see some skimming from there.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Taking foam pieces that were normally headed for the dumpster and using them in production, Victoria Skimboards has decreased our overall landfill contribution by about thirty percent (30%) says owner Tex Haines. The boards are guaranteed not to break along any seem in the foam for the life of the board.
Having tested this theory in the early years of the business and throughout the thirty (30) plus years has proven the method to work for skimboarding. We have had years of experience building boards which occasionally had an extra piece glued on to make the most of a blank that was too short and none ever came back broken anywhere near those seams states Tex Haines.
It is one step in a refining process but one we are proud of and ready to share with all of you.
Victoria Skimboards HERE
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Traditionally used in Tea Ceremonies in Japan, Raku was introduced in the 16th century. It was hand built, never thrown at the wheel, for a more hand made feel. The ware was taken from the kiln when red hot, and left out to cool or put directly in water. Usually in a deep red or black, Raku played an important role in the development of Japanese ceramics. Tile maker Chōjirō was the first citizen charged with creating Raku ware during the construction of the Jurakudai in Kyoto. He was soon given the family name "Raku", which has continued in the family pottery.
Paul Soldner was one of, if not the pioneer of western style Raku, introducing the combustible reduction chamber in the 1960's. Traditionally as mentioned, Raku ware was taken from the hot kiln and left out to cool, or put in water. With western style Raku, a chamber such as a trash can, would be filled with sawdust, seaweed etc, to encourage combustion. The lid of the trash can would be put on once the red hot ware was put in the can to create an intense reduction or carbonized atmosphere, turning the clay body black.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The neighbors bottling the Sangiovese and the Chardonnay. Also had a chance to taste the Biodynamic Zinfandel and the Cabernet from the barrell, and am looking forward to the release later this summer. Can't get more local then just across the street. Talk about a garage wine. Good work Matthew!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Jerry Rothman was faculty at Cal State Fullerton for over 25 years, and Laguna Beach resident for equally as long. Rothman is also credited with inventing what is now called Ferro-ceramic, a mixture of ceramic and inorganic materials, that allowed for clay and steel to be fired together, in order to create large scale cantilevered structures. The clay itself would not shrink dramatically against the steel during firing preventing cracks. Most of the images here are from the "Sky Pot" series from the 1960's, during his Otis days working with Voulkos.