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Jump on Board, a One of a Kind Surf Bar Top at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Quality craftsmanship are two words we would use to the sum up the bar top in our Surf Den. If you haven’t seen it yet, then the bar itself is worth a visit. The bar top is styled with resin art – just like one of Jackson Higgs’s from Bluff Longboards truly unique traditional surfboards, and this bar top was constructed using the same traditional construction techniques and is simply quite amazing.

Jackson explains his inspiration to build the bar top came from: “Resin art is personally one of my favourite parts of building surfboards, hence the amount of Bluff longboards standing out in the lineup. Maintaining control of the bleeds, the swirls and the vibrant colours is so incredibly satisfying. Ben Tunnicliffe is also a fan of some of my more wacky creations, so I was delighted when he, Nigel and Kinga commissioned me for definitely one of the largest projects I have ever undertaken! My favourite part of the finished bar is introducing resin art to people who aren’t necessarily surfers, people who are unaware that such an incredible art form exists within the surfboard industry. Then watching their jaws drop when it is incorporated into a drinking establishment”.

Jackson himself is a true inspiration, he makes every single longboard from start to finish.  Shaping, glassing, sanding and polishing.  Jackson uses exclusively traditional materials and construction methods, clocking up a huge amount of working hours in the process, the true old-school way.  Therefore it’s not surprising that it took Jackson 55 ½ hours to build the bar top to his obsessively perfect standards

Jackson describes the technique used to build the bar “The bar top is built by laminating marine plywood with the traditional double 6+6oz porcher cloth with tinted polyester resin, followed by a sanding coat and gloss coat which was wets anded and polished up to a mirror finish. Put simply, it was a huge, truly unique labour of love that would be impossible to replicate exactly. The glossy surface and the metallic flake glistens in the sun and placing a nice gin and tonic down on it just looks like something out of a James Bond film”.

Jackson has already been re-commissioned for another similar project. He’s keeping quiet about this one but something tells me that it will be equally as spectacular. This up-and-coming resin artist is clearly buzzing on the endless possibilities which are all derived from his surfing background, and accompanied with his infectious enthusiasm, we wish him every success with this very exciting new venture.