You got me interested in basalt. Started reading some. My latest boards ditched the balsa rails, too much work and cost. I've been painting them black. One thing I don't like about that is when you get an impact, the cloth "snackles" and the white fibers show up in a glaring way. I was thinking the basalt cloth would look nice on the rail with the wood and would be a good strength addition under the deck veneer.
Howdy hk ~
I live in Kilauea. Work at the Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant in the evenings. Try and get a few days of surf in at the Bay or PineTree's. Drop me a PM here, when you head this way. Burgers and beers at the Hanalei Gourmet are decent, coffee, bagels n' cream cheese at the Hanalei Bread Company or beers at Black Pot on Aloha Friday afternoon sunset.
I live in Monmouth cty, Allenhurst area, if I can help orient ya on this side buzz me. Graduated High School with Steve Liss, whom I have not seen since than , another life , and by the time he showed up on Kaui I was gone. Had some great times with him at Newbreak. Rick Henrichsen