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Working with wood. #spearguns and #spearfishing . Good music and good friends. Peace  all.
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A #sailfish mother of pearl inlay going into a Diablo 131cm #speargun   #spearfishing  
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The speargun turned out great. This is the Diablo 131cm gun I completed today. Hopefully the video shows some of the details and lines. 
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Here is one taken from the bow of my sailboat. Seeing dolphins is always a magical experience
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Thanks Steve
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I thought i was going crazy. I roughed out the shape in about an hour but i struggled to get the lines to flow. I thought i was developing a bad case of OCD when i spent countless hours taking off .5mm here and there to get everything just right. Today i will finish the speargun and will post some completed photos. BTW my new Dragon rasps are working out great.

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Thanks for the comment Dean... I will post more photos soon with some different camera angles. The forward portion of the gun has an ultra low profile, similar to a euro gun. Towards the rear of the gun the shape morphs into a traditional american style gun.
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Working with wood.   #speargun  and #spearfishing  A before and after. Peace all.
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Here is one I like which my wife Valeria took.
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For all my friends and folks who enjoy spearfishing and woodworking. Hey what is this all about...  
 http://riodulcechisme.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1010&Itemid=35
Online news magazine for cruising boaters and the local community of Rio Dulce, Guatemala, Central America. Property and Boat Sales.
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Here is a little bit about the process of making a Speargun.

Diablo Spearguns are handcrafted from teak and exotic hardwoods in a boutique workshop in Guatemala specializing in quality high-end spearguns. These guns are handmade with pride on a limited basis. 
 The body of the speargun is made from teak. The aged teak lumber is milled into boards of matching dimensions. The strips of wood are hung for a period of time, about 30 days to insure they do not warp.  Depending on the model of the speargun, three to six teak strips with opposing grains are laminated together using epoxy. This process forms a stock that is extremely strong and durable. 
A combination of power and hand tools are used to build each gun.  Power tools such as a jointer and router are used to ‘machine’ a perfectly square and straight stock which is of utmost importance. The router equipped with a ball bit is used to mill a track where the spear shaft will rest. After the track is made a trigger pocket is cut into the stock using a large 13mm bit and squared off with a chisel. Lastly I cut the slot for the power bands using a drill press.
With everything now being completed in the machining process the hand tools come out and the process of forming the shape of the gun starts. The guns I build have lots of curves and have been inspired by both Euro and American style guns. Using hand tools is an extremely satisfying process for me. 
The cutting edges on the tools have to be kept razor sharp. The silica in teak dulls the cutting edges quickly so before starting a project I spend a considerable amount of time sharpening all the tools I’m going to use. 
I have an eclectic mix of both Japanese and western style tools. I use several different types of curved Japanese rosewood hand planes to cut the curves into the gun. A few favorite Lie-Nielsen and Japanese planes also help shape the stock.  
Numerous quality hand cut rasps are used in the shaping process as well.  My Dragon rasps and Iwasaki floats are some of my favorite tools. If you look closely at the shape of the speargun there is a transition area from an American Style gun to a wide and curvy Euro inspired body. Here is where the rasps, floats and rifflers come into play in making that transition.  For me this is a very peaceful process and gives me time to think as I’m slowly shaping the gun. There are no loud saws screaming in the background creating a cloud of dust. Here there is only the feel of the rasp shaving the wood into a form that both looks and feels right. The amount of time I spent taking off .5mm here and there gets insane at times but as mentioned the process is peaceful and enjoyable as I escape into another world. 
The speargun handles are hand carved out of exotic Central American hardwoods such as burled Honduran Rosewood, Bocote, Cocobolo or Jocote de Fraile making each and everyone unique. The wood used for the grips is laminated for strength and beauty. The wooden grips are secured to a stainless steel frame, which in turned in screwed into the stock of the gun. 
From start to finish each speargun has about 25 hours of time invested in it. With this amount of time put into a single gun you can see there is no mass production here.  I believe it is so important for artisans and craftsman to share their knowledge before it is lost in a world of mass production, prefabrication and instant gratification.  I’ve learned so much from so many people and what ever I can give back I will. 
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Here is one taken in the high latitudes of the Barents Sea. 
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