Archive for September, 2009
I’ll soon be headed to Hamamatsu Seaside Golf Club in Japan for the annual Museum & Gallery meeting. I’ve been working on the trophies for this year’s tournament and I’ve used 303 stainless pipe to create parts of the trophies. I’ve shared in the past that I actually discovered these pipes at a local metal recycling yard. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the trophy badges I’m hand-crafting for the winners. The old adage “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” comes to mind.
Click on the image below to see the slideshow.
September 28th, 2009
Along with the world’s best Tour players, we sometimes have VIPs into the Studio for a fitting.
They come from all walks of life, ranging from famous actors to motorcycle racers to 9X world champion surfers…like my friend, Kelly Slater.
He’s in town for the upcoming World Championship Tour surfing contest up at Trestles. So, I thought it would be cool to have him in to get the right putter in his hands for his non-surfing pursuits. He’s quite a player in his own right. You may have seen him at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year, and recently on Golf Channel.
I’m also a big fan of Kelly’s surfboard shaper, Al Merrick, and how Kelly has been a loyal rider all these years. I hope to get up to Santa Barbara one of these days to meet him. I’m a fan of his work.
Here are a few shots from his visit yesterday. I’m constantly reminded about how golf brings so many different people together. It allows us to meet and interact with people who we’d perhaps never meet. For that, I’m truly grateful.
September 11th, 2009
Looks like the Prototype Napa California headcover now has a happy home…
As a subscribing member and avid collector I saw the article on my e-mail at about 4:00 PM, thought it was a great idea but also thought you must have done this earlier in the day, and it probably was long gone. So, I went down and practiced some chips and putts with my dogs Ice and Keiki.
I had the day off and I had just gotten back from a round of golf with my son Cole who also had the day off from school (he is a Marine Corps GYSGT student at UC San Marcos having spent 3 tours in Iraq). While I was practicing, I started to think what a great day it was with him, maybe it is my lucky day and the headcover is still there. So, I came back to the computer, looked again at the Blog, noticed you posted it at 3:05 PM and your watch in the picture at the hardware store showed 1:45 PM.
So what the heck, I jumped in the car at about 5:15 and drove down Del Dios Highway to Encinitas and to my surprise it was still there! There was a guy on the beach about 10 feet from the umbrella, he was all set up with his towels and cooler but there was the umbrella totally untouched in a mound of sand with the headcover still inside!! It was 5:50 PM who would have thought it would STILL BE THERE. Here are my pictures when I got back.
Thanks, sir. What a thrill and a great Labor Weekend present!!
September 8th, 2009
I had a fun idea today. How about a scavenger hunt? It’s Labor Day weekend. I was in Encinitas today and left the #1 prototype Napa California leather headcover, signed, under an umbrella at the beach. See the pics to find out where.
First one to find it, gets it! Good luck and have fun! Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!
PS: Let us know if you become the new owner.
September 4th, 2009
Funny thing happened in the Studio yesterday. I was working on a new staff bag when my good buddy George Lopez called up. He’s playing in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October and wondered if I had anything fun for him to game.
He called the right guy.
As he’s let the cat out of the bag via his Twitter account, I thought I’d give you the full reveal. Let’s just say it’s a bit wild and right up his alley. I’ve been dialing in the design, trimming the panels and working with the colors to get it just right. I’m still refining everything, but I thought George would really like this bag in its prototype state. So, it’s on its way to him.
For those of you interested, the final version of this bag will be available at the annual Japan Museum & Gallery meeting at Hamamatsu Seaside Golf Club in mid-October. You’ll have to be there to get one, so if you’re looking for something on the opposite side of mild, you may like this new bag. Click on the image below to see this new design.
September 1st, 2009