Thursday, June 23, 2016

Four Day wooden board building classes


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.

“Really its 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 one-off.”

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

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Amazing art on wood by James Robertson - "Bound By Sea"

 All this done by hand by the very talented James Roberts from Sydney. I hope he can make it to the Wooden Board Day. He is off to the Haleiwa Arts Festival in July to share his art and skills. We wish him well.

 He is pretty handy at making boards to dress up as well.
 Pretty wood
 Raz from Firewire Surfboards with a board I made a few years back that James has done some magic with
 Raz's board.....   Nice
Check out his work on his website :
Go to his Instagram site to see his skills in action in some of his posted videos.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wooden Board Day 2016 - Sunday 7th August

This years Wooden Board Day will be Sunday 7th of August and we will have an open forum discussion with guest speakers Tom Wegener and Stuart Bywater at around 11am. We can find out what Tom has been up to, what projects he has been working on and what is in the pipeline for him. Stuart is a fine furniture designer and maker as well as a great teacher in the art of building wooden surfboards through his classes he conducts throughout the year. I am sure he has also learnt much from all the questions that arise in teaching board building. It will be interesting to hear Stuarts stories.

A great time to share your projects, learn from others and ask all those questions from others who have learnt the hard way before you need to go there. Bring your boards, go for a surf, brake out the picnic lunch with the family in the park and soak up the day.
The day is a non competitive gathering of like minded people who enjoy building and riding wooden surfboards.

We are different...  " We are a splinter Group"

Any questions flip me an email :

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Another amazing wooden board project by Roger Hall.

The pictures tell the story, nothing more to be said...

Roger Hall from New Zealand - a true craftsman.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wooden board building course in full swing in Brisbane this weekend

Stuart Bywater has a group of guys fully emerced in building their first wooden boards.
 All the ribs have been laser cut and ready for each board. Saves heaps of time.
All the deck and bottom skins, rail bands machined and ready, lots of work to get this lot done.
Laying out all the pieces of the puzzle
Ribs in and rail bands added, low tech light weight clamps that do the job and that is all you need.
Now it looks like a board coming together.
Loose all the clamps and check out your efforts
Time to select your timber and any thin bits for pin lines.
He looks pretty happy with progress
These guys are pretty happy with the deck skin glue up and all those pin lines.
This looks like the tail block for a fish tail to be shaped from solid paulownia.
This was the end of Day One.
 Day two was about getting the frames sorted and boys look pretty pleased.
So now it is about blending all those curves for a smooth transition from the frames out over the rail bands so that the top and botton skins sit nice and snug with no lumps.
Frame all trued up and the bottom skin cleaned up, outline cut and ready to get glueing before sliding her in the bag.
Skins on, packing tape holding it all in place and then in the bag to pull it all together.
The vacuum bagging is the best clamp you can ever use for this as it is an even pressure on all surfaces and no heavy clamps pulling at it.
All lined up ready for a sleep over by the look of things.
 End of Day Three.
Brad from Armidale is keeping a nice 50/50 rail on his board
Jay from the Goldie is making sure he has a good nose rocker for those late ones at Burleigh
Shane is doing his final shaping of the nose, yep he hasn't stopped smiling for the last 4 days
Rod Sanding is always dusty , but still smiling
G is on the final stretch and warming up fast 
Brad sanding out his rails
Jeff at X years told me that this was one of the best weekends he has ever had,
Jeff came and did the class with his son Brad

The May class of 2016
Tim, Brad, Jeff, Ray, G man, Jed, Dale, Shane, Ron 
Special thanks to David and Michael for their expertise  this weekend

PS our next class is August 25

Stuart Bywater

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

JB from France experiments with wooden boards

He has just finished one hollow framed wooden board and 2 with an EPS core and vacuum bagged timber over.
"The last hollow I made. It's a 6.4' x 20" x 2.3/4". I used the Paul Jensen construction :
-  Paulownia structure and skin with walnut tree veneer
-  The rails are made of paulownia, red cedar and cork.
-  Fins, nose and tail block in walnut
-  the leash plug is in rosewood
I made the epoxy glassjob by myself... That's why it's not really clean."

" Longboard 1 and longboard 2 are both paulownia wood bagged over EPS 9'x21''x2 3/4 blank.
I made it with a 25kg/m3 blank (no stringer). Skins are 3mm thick and the rail thickness is 20mm (the first 4mm 'inner strip' + 4x4mm strip to shape the rails). I use gorilla PU glue.
On longboard 1, I made the tail and nose with scrap wood (paulownia and I don't remember what is the other).
On longboard 2, I put different veneers (ebony, oak, mahogany,wallnut, cherry tree... and other I don't remember); the foot inlay at the front are in red cedar.
I have now to install fins and leash plug. As there is no stringer, I want to glass it with 4oz on top and 2.8oz on the bottom to reinforce it (and also to protect the veneer)."

It is always great to see people experimenting and trying different things.Thanks for sharing JB.