Vince Hinger is a woodworker deluxe. After 9 years of professional cabinetmaking experience, this craftsman took his skills up a notch and spent the next eight years installing fine wine rooms in some of Orange County’s most elaborate homes. As a result, Vince came away with some pretty exotic wood scraps. But a little scrap goes a long way in the art of miniatures.
Take Vince’s mini surfboard designs. These delightful pieces are constructed of woods that can include African mahogany, Amarillo, bocate, bolsa, bloodwood, cocobolo, ebony, holly, maple, padauk, purple heart, tulip and walnut. The contrast created by the different colors and grains in these woods, and the masterfully way Vince pieces them together, is what makes these pieces stand out.
Vince also handcrafts tropical beach decor for the home. Colorful ceramic tiles are framed for wall embellishment. Decorative and functional kitchen cutting boards are carefully finished with mineral oil. Creatively designed jewelry display cases are pretty in themselves. All of his pieces capture the lure of the sea. The surf-style objects serve to spice up any environment with their distinct, tropical allure. Prices range from $30 to $450 and higher.
You can see Vince’s work at the Surfing Heritage Museum at South Coast Plaza West (formerly Crystal Court) in Costa Mesa, but you can meet Vince in person at the weekly Farmer's Market and Arts & Crafts event at Pier Plaza next to the Huntington Beach Pier. Admission is free. He’s there from noon to 5 p.m. every Friday, as well as the last Saturday and Sunday of each month. Tread your way through Vince’s booth on Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Main Street, and you’ll experience part of the fun of Surf City, U.S.A.