Tom is a Surfboard maker who constructs surfboards out of the unconventional material of cork. Tom became hypersensitive to old technology epoxy and rolled over to the Bote-Cote epoxy system, after which his sensitivity issues disappeared.
In the construction of his boards he uses Purbond to laminate his timber. He then uses Bote-Cote Epoxy and Aquacote to waterproof and clear finish his boards.
He said that "The invention of Purebond opened the door for modern wood surfboard building. The use of Aquacote has been huge advantage for me due to my sensitivity of solvents in many traditional surfboard making products. I think the most important element of a "green" or "sustainable" surfboard is the manufacture of the board must be safe and accessible to the garage builders."
Alan was inspired by Toms cork construction, and decided to try it himself. He had built a board five years previous, and cut it down to a mini mal size, and glued Portuguese cork using Purbond around the outside and used it as rails.
Some of his other boards