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A Case for Collaboration: @ventanasurfboards and I have been enjoying working together over the past several months, as you have likely noticed. The example depicted above, the evolution of a simple fish scale designed by @martijnstiphout which adorns the ENTIRE bottom of their 100th surfboard, exemplifies the wonderful possibilities that are borne of collaboration among like minded artists. Picture 1. Ventana sends me these gorgeous laser cut fish scales made from the reclaimed wood of @santacruzguitar and commissions a piece by me to be given away to the future buyer of their 100th #surfboard. 2. I integrate these fish scales into a sushi board casting them as a school of fish with turbulent waters of the crotch White Oak (from a sunken ship in the Hudson from @ddouyardchairmaker ) trailing behind. 3. As I tinker with a design for the front drawer of my new Teabox (which went to it's new home with @mudandyarn and @p.meeker today) I realize that arraying seven of these fish-scales in a circle makes an incredible looking flower 😳😍 In addition, through Ventana I meet Alex @upcycledskateart ( #bromance ) who works downstairs from them and provided me these radical rainbow skateboard veneers for the drawer sides. 4. I excitedly share this flower design back to @ventanasurfboards which inspires Martijn to try his own play on the flower motif using the very fish-scales he designed and gave me in the first place (!!) and then makes an AMAZINGLY SICK #handplane 😱🤯🤯. I died when I saw it today is so stunningly beautiful. The journey of these simple fish-scales is a wonderful case study of the rewards of collaboration and shows how inspiration is contagious when ideas start flowing between makers, elevating all of our work TOGETHER to fresh and exciting levels. Behind the scenes, my good friend at Ventana @daviddennisphotos is hugely responsible for the synergy underlying this entire relationship. People ask me, "Why do you collaborate so much?", and I ask, "How could you NOT want to collaborate???!!! " . Ventana will be unveiling these @capitolaartandwinefestival and a few other surprises! I'll be visiting them in California then, too!😎😎With @jasperfarms .