The Lumberman was inspired from mixing curiosity of old wooden boats and love for being on the Great Lakes...especially kiteboarding. I took what I learned from two earlier projects (the Mini Craft and Greenland Kayak projects) and applied them to the Lumberman. I am finally starting to get a solid grasp on epoxy and fiberglass work to where I can get consistent results. I also started to perfect my little shop molds for bending each piece of wood to the desired radius.
The board is fully made of poplar wood (from Lowes). I like the weight to strength ratio with this species of wood. The edge rails are done with walnut. Mainly because it created a nice contrast between the two species and walnut is a much stronger species. I have been using MAS Epoxy system and using Epifanes High Gloss Clear Varnish (and Epifanes Brush Thinner). Epifanes is a marine grade varnish the has a good UV filter to help protect the wood, epoxy and fiberglass from the sun.
The Lumberman name was inspired by a schooner that sunk off the coast of Wisconsin in Lake Michigan. Here is a LINK to learn more about the schooner. With the kite being my sail and the board being my boat, it only seemed appropriate to name the board after a former schooner that sailed Lake Michigan. The Lumberman sails the Great Lake once more!