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M.C.Escher board in British Museum of Surfing

“A stunning work of art and a functional surfboard created in the finest traditions of British craftsmanship. David Forsyth’s work would stand the test on a world stage.” Peter Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing


The Escher board was designed and constructed by David Forsyth, the founder of Driftwood Surfboards. The board was made using a contemporary adaption of, the legendary surfing pioneer, Tom Blake’s water sled from the 1930’s.

Inspired by the renowned artist M.C Escher and with the permission from the M.C Escher Foundation the tessellated deck of the longboard has been pieced together with over 2000 individual reptiles encrusted with 24 carrot gold leafed eyes, and a 24 carrot gold pinline. The fin is hand foiled from Lacewood and a Paua shell inlay was used for the logos. Driftwood found on a local Cornish beach was used for the bottom of the board.

Giving this washed up timber a second life forms one of Driftwood’s key philosophies, as we believe every wooden board has a unique story of where it’s from and how it was made. This creates more of an emotional attachment with the board and hopefully means it will stand the test of time being passed down through the generations.

The so-called Escher Log took David around 3 months to create and formed the centerpiece of the British Museum of Surfing’s latest exhibition ‘The Art of Surfing’. Most recently the board has been valued by industry experts at around £15,000, making it one of the most expensive surfboards ever produced. This surfboard has an heirloom quality to it and is without doubt a collector’s item due to its unique affiliation with the M.C Escher foundation.

British Museum of Surfing

In the British Museum of Surfing