Surfboard ['Woolight']

Barron Surfboards, Manufacturer;  Paul Barron, Designer;  New Zealand Merino Company, Other contributor; 

2019
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Maker and Role
Barron Surfboards, Manufacturer
Paul Barron, Designer
New Zealand Merino Company, Other contributor
Production Date
2019
Description
Surfboard with ‘Woolight’ technology, which has been ridden by its maker Paul Barron. New Zealander Paul Barron developed the technology to create a surfboard using sustainable New Zealand wool. The surface of the board shows evidence of this process - the wool fibres are visible throughout. For sustainability reasons, the raw wool was washed just twice, meaning that some impurities such as grass and dirt remain, and are visible in the finished surface of the board. The board is constructed with a foam core, a wool interior and a resin outer shell. This resin can be stripped from the wool at the end of a board’s life, so that the wool can biodegrade. The wool is used in place of the usual fibreglass. Due to its construction, the board is also very light and durable.
On the top side of the surfboard (deck), the surface design of the board is cream with a blue circular abstract pattern. The board has a mottled appearance, with light spots of brown and grey throughout – this is the undyed wool. Around the edge of the entire board (rail) is a painted black rim. On the left side of the board a quarter of the way down from the nose is a “BARRON” logo with black rimmed white text. On the right side of the board near the centre are two logos. The top logo is a gold circle with black text inside which reads “PAMU / NATURALLY / NEW ZEALAND”. Directly below is a second logo which reads “ZQ / PREMIUM WOOL” in teal. On the left side of the board near the centre is a black coloured sheep’s head, which is the Woolight logo. At the tail of the board is a small metal piece, which is a leash plug for attaching the leash to the board.
The underside of the board has a similar mottled appearance, but without the blue design. It has the “BARRON” logo a quarter of the way down on the left. There are three fin boxes at the base of the board, one in the centre and two either side at a diagonal angle. These are black and grey. Above this in the centre of the board, there is some horizontal text written in blue permanent marker which reads “– BARRON – / TEST 20/2/19”. On the right side of the board near the centre are two logos. The top logo is a gold circle with black text inside which reads “PAMU / NATURALLY / NEW ZEALAND”. Directly below is a second logo which reads “ZQ / PREMIUM WOOL” in teal. On the left side of the board near the centre is a black coloured sheep’s head Woolight logo.
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Textile/Wool/Sheep Wool/Merino Wool
Organic/Vegetal/Resin
Processed Material
Signature/Marks and Type
BARRON Logo
ZQ / PREMIUM WOOL Logo
PAMU / NATURALLY / NEW ZEALAND Logo
BARRON Logo
– BARRON – / TEST 20/2/19 Hand-written
PAMU / NATURALLY / NEW ZEALAND Logo
ZQ / PREMIUM WOOL Logo
Accession No
2019.115
Credit Line
Barron Surfboards et al. 2019. Surfboard ['Woolight'], 2019.115. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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