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Western Flyer Fish Handplane

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$ 350.00
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$ 350.00

This double concave, glossy, fish-shaped handplane was created entirely of Douglas fir from the hull of the Western Flyer boat that John Steinbeck and "Doc" Ricketts sailed into the Sea of Cortez in 1940. Steinbeck wrote the acclaimed book The Log from Sea of Cortez about the trip. We filled the square nail holes in the wood with brass using a double top secret process. And, we've glassed in a special version of our logo that is reserved only for products that contain wood from the Western Flyer.

This handplane was glassed using Entropy Super Sap Epoxy, a bio-resin which is made using tree sap. The 4 ounce sheet of fiberglass is from Aerialite Surf Glass. The hand strap is nylon, reclaimed, and adjustable. It is covered with off cuts from O'Neill Wetsuit product development, and the wood is shaped with our unique, ergonomic hand fit. The hardware is solid brass. 

As with all Ventana handplanes, this one floats so you can easily pass it between friends in the waves.

This handplane comes with a cinch bag from Sagebrush Board Bags made from reclaimed coffee sacks and remnant materials.

You only need a single handplane on your leading arm for a great ride every time! This is a terrific conversation piece in your home and will slice you across the face of any sized surf.

Handmade in Santa Cruz, California and designed by master craftsman Martijn Stiphout

Dimensions: 14" x 9" x 3/4"

Weight: 1.2lbs

This handplane is made with upcycled and reclaimed materials from the following companies. Learn more about the Ventana Upcycle Partner Program!

John Steinbeck

All Ventana Handplanes are ECOBOARD Project Gold Level Verified by!

Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane
Handplane - Western Flyer Fish Handplane

Shipping, Customs, and Returns

Free U.S. Insured Shipping & International Shipping Details

Every order includes free insurance and free USPS First Class or UPS Ground Shipping. Of course, you can select premimum options, too.

We can ship anywhere in the world that is legally permitted under U.S. law. Any customs payments, local taxes, and processing fees are the responsibility of the customer.

We generally ship products between 12 and 48 hours after we receive your order. In some cases, such as with surfboards, custom orders, or custom engraved products, we will contact you within 24 hours to discuss production and shipping timing.

Return Policy

Our Refund Policy is simple. We do the right thing. We trust our customers, and if you have any issues with any of our products, we'll work with you to do what's fair.

Contact to discuss your return or other issue. We approve returns within 48 hours.

Any refunds will be returned via the method and manner in which they were paid. For instance, a credit card payment will be refunded to the same credit card; a wire transfer or electronic check will be refunded to the same account from which it came, etc. A cash payment may be refunded via Venmo, bank transfer, or PayPal.

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