James Robertson is a pyrographer, an artist who hand burns designs and illustrations into the wood. A very talented guy who creates original art to the highest standard. I am pleased to say he will be joining us in the park next Sunday for the 8th Annual Wooden Surfboard Day. A good reason to come along and check out his work and all the other board builders.
He also builds these great Alaia's
Check out some of the video's on his site of him hand drawing and burning the designs.
Alan Copelin loved his Robert August "What I Ride " model so much he decided to build one in wood. And then while on a surf trip to Costa Rica he met up with Robert who gave him a logo to use on his wooden board.
Earlier this year I had a visit from Fritz from Berlin, who's family is involved in Paulownia plantations in Germany and Switzerland. He wanted to send back some sample wooden boards for the company to display in their corporate offices in Zurich.
Fritz with one of my boards out in the plantation.
Investors and supporters checking out the plantation on the open day.
Clayton Sansbury from Sliver Paddle Boards has a fantastic website site that covers all aspects of building a board. Start to finish and all the steps and questions answered in between with his tutorials.
"Here is a special project I recently finished. I was asked to make something special for my nieces wedding . Its a coffee table based on the shape of a Channel Island biscuit . I had all the guests sign a diary then that went to a graphic artist who transfered them onto rice paper and glasser laminated it onto the deck . Abalone shell inlay on the nose block . Table done in pacific maple . Cheers Alan Copelin."
Frank Kaczmarek is the local Gold Coast bus driver and keen wooden board builder. Here he is enjoying his self made board on his recent holiday in the Maldives. Great to see. He will be bringing it along to this years wooden board day.
Stuart Bywater has been running hollow wooden
surfboard classes for four years now and this year he has changed up the
program so he can run four x four-day classes.
like a four-day escape or holiday for most or the guys as they make the
plan to take the Thursday to Sunday off and indulge in making their own
wooden board - range from a 5'2" to 7'2” Fish, or we have four
longboards to chose from and they can all be made from 8’ to 10' and
anything in between. We have many deck patterns to pick from and as
timber is natural they are never the same - making every board a
You chose which board you want. You glue and assemble your board. You shape your rails. You shape your nose and tail. You decide on the rocker. You glue the desks on. You decide on fin placement. We all talk board designs. We all talk surfing. We all help each other. We have so much stoke going on.
- Stuart Bywater
Next class will run from August 25th to 28th.
Each day from 8am-5pm Full assembly and gluing of frame Glueing the top and bottom skins Vacuum bagging your board Sanding (ready to glass).
Last class was booked out quickly so if you are interested please contact ASAP
This years Wooden Surfboard Day will be Sunday 7th August
Poster for 2012
Poster for 2011
Poster for 2010
Poster for 2009
The joy of wood and water...
Wooden surfboards have been around for a long time and it was probably on a simple piece of wood that man first enjoyed surfing waves somewhere in the world. It may have only been a crude piece of driftwood found on the beach that served as a way of catching that first wave, but the joy and connection felt with the sea then is no different from what we feel today. As someone who has crafted a surfboard from wood, taken it out and caught a wave on it, I can tell you that the first time you paddle in and get to your feet, is truly a timeless feeling of joy and achievement. I hope that in assembling this list of talented people will inspire you to have a go at building your dream board and also experience that feeling for yourself.