Delft, a collection of ten artworks and a single artist proof – the sleek, 1975 white Pipeline Gun as shaped by Spider Murphy in its original, unadorned form. Ten artists and designers were tapped to create artwork for ten new Pipeline Guns, based on the original 1975 model. In an idiosyncratic twist, sparked in part by the pristine white form of the board itself and in part by a sly reference to Dutchmann's name, the artists were asked to work within the theme of Delftware, limiting their palettes to the cobalt hues which gave this 16th Century Dutch style of pottery its distinctive appearance. Download the catalogue

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DELFT PORTFOLIO

This project was inspired by an encounter with an object, and its maker. Dutchmann's founder, Gavin Rooke, met master craftsman, Spider Murphy in his shaping bay in Durban on the 6th of February 2012. A spritely 65 years old, who continues to shape new boards every day, Spider introduced Gavin to the 1975 Pipeline Gun – a 7'10" monolith of craftsmanship and the surfboard that led Shaun Tomson to win the 1975 Hawaii Masters and reshaped the future of surfing across the globe.

The story of its making, and the skill, dedication and imagination invested in that making, spurred an idea to showcase Spider's work by collaborating with a select group of artists and designers to create a new series of objects.

The result is Delft, a collection of ten artworks and a single artists proof – the sleek, white Pipeline Gun in its original, unadorned form. Ten artists and designers were tapped to create artwork for ten new Pipeline Guns, based on the original 1975 model. In an idiosyncratic twist, sparked in part by the pristine white form of the board itself and in part by a sly reference to Dutchmann's name, the artists were asked to work within the theme of Delftware, limiting their palettes to the cobalt hues which gave this 16th Century Dutch style of pottery its distinctive appearance.

The varied responses by the artists demonstrate the power of making, the diverse ways collaboration can offer up new ideas and, finally, the way the contemplation of a beautiful object can create a personal experience far beyond its intended purpose. As Dutchmann evolves, so additional craftsmen will be included and the number and range of objects will grow.

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SHAPING

Each board in the series starts with a moulded blank – a block of polyurethane foam with a wooden strip, or 'stringer', glued down the centre. The board is milled down to the exact measurements of Shaun Tomson's 1975 Pipeline Gun, before being shaped, planed and sanded by Spider until it is as smooth and symmetrical as possible. The shaped blank is then encased in fiberglass roving and resin, smoothed by hand and then polished.

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FINS

The traditionally laminated and custom handmade fin is permanently installed on the board using fibreglass roving and resin. Each fin is handcrafted by Maisch, the small, family-run business on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal who supplied the 1975 original and to this day continue to hand-shape surfboard fins. Each fin takes approximately 5 hours of skilled labour and comprise 6oz of Hexcel glass and C.S.M. Combo using high grade resin.

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ARTWORK

Once the fin is installed, the surfboard is handed over to the artist, who works directly on its surface. Once completed, the artwork is sealed with an additional layer of resin before the entire board is polished to a high gloss finish. Several of the artists who created artwork for Delft provided digital files which were printed onto a fiberglass-like cloth in Australia by Inlayz, before being laid onto the board and sealed.

ORDER ONLINE

The Delft boards are available to purchase from $1,500 depending on selection and availability. Select the board for more information and pricing.
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