Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The art of wood / art on wood

So looking forward to checking out James Roberton of Bound By Sea as he is the master of his craft. He will be in the Wood Shed precinct with all the board builders at this weekends Byron Bay Surf Festival.
From sketch to the finished design hand burnt into the wood.
A true labour of love and so many hours burning these designs into the wood. The deft touch of the master.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Less than 4 weeks to this years Wooden Surfboard Day

This year the Wooden Surfboard Day will be hosted by the Byron Bay Surf Festival where you will find us and many other wooden board builders located in"The Woodshed" precinct. To those of you that plan on bringing boards and joining in on the days display, remember it is the same as other years that have been held in Currumbin. It is a non commercial and non competitive gathering and we have been given a space in the middle of the festival in Denning Park, with great exposure to all festival goers.The site is just to the East of the corner of Bay Street and Middelton Street in Denning Park just before the kids playground area (look for the "Woodshed" sign).

We need to be in the park and setup by 9am and the day finishes at 4.30pm.

Every board displayer will need to register on the day before laying out their boards.

We will have a great gathering of very talented board builders on the day and there will be lots to talk about and share. 

At 1.00 PM we will have a Wooden Board Open Forum in the Wood Shed precinct where Andy Ceglinski will take us through all things Paulownia and it's great attributes, from seedlings through to milling it for building boards. 

Tom Wegener will then talk about the history of wooden boards and the artisan side of board building from his recently published book. 

Stuart Bywater, a fine furniture maker that conducts wooden surfboard making classes in Brisbane,  will take us down the path of building hollow wooden surfboards with timber frames.

Then Tom Wegener and Grant Newby will talk about vacuum bagging Paulownia and Cork over EPS and other possibilities.

Trent Palmer, a school teacher from Hillbrook Anglican School in Brisbane will run through his program with the students, parents and staff building boards, while including and implementing the sustainable aspects of surfing.

There are always lots of questions to be asked and this will give you a great opportunity to ask as many as you like.

If you have any questions please contact me : GrantNewby@bigpond.com

Saturday, January 28, 2017

It's hot in the shed this time of year

With the temperatures in the high 30's and humidity over 80 percent most of the time for the last 6 weeks it has been hard to get some work done on boards. Hit the fans and try not to drop sweat onto the wood. ( it turns Paulownia pink )
I have been pulling some big curves in the vacuum bag. This is a 5mm deck skin.
Christmas was a good time to have a big clean up and tidy the garage. Get rid of and sort out all my off cuts.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wonderful waves in wood

These beautiful waves are hand carved by Gaston Bilobrowka and you can see more on his Instagram -  gaston_bilo

Monday, January 16, 2017

Handplane goodness

You don't need lots of wood, just creativity and passion to build a great looking handplane like this one from the guys at Ventana Surfboards from Santa Cruz. This could be a great little project to build in the next 4 weeks to bring along to this years Wooden Board Day in Byron Bay.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

These guys have some cool T shirts


Monday, January 9, 2017

Wood and art at it's best

Our good friend James Robertson of  "Bound by Sea" is going to be part of a unique art collective that is inspired by the ocean, 4 artist will showcase their passion for the realm we are all drawn too.
The Bucket List is proud to present the “Bound by Sea :: Art Collective.”
Each one has a particular set of skills and a different vision, but all have a common theme, they are all “Bound by Sea.”
On Thursday 12th January 2017 the Bucket List will be transformed, it is famous for its views of Bondi, but for one night you will be immersed by the sights and sounds of the living ocean inside and out.
This collaboration will be the first of it’s kind at the Bucket List and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

 James Robinson :: Dolsen :: Bound by Sea
Bronte, Sydney Australia.
"Inspired by the ocean, I work on creating unique pieces of artwork that draw's you in and takes you to another place. Each piece is hand made, hand shaped, hand drawn in pencil then using a technique called "Pyrography", I basically burn the artwork into the woods fibres making the art part of the soul of the wood once sealed the artwork has a texture & tone like no other.
Alaia's & Paipo's :: I hand shaped from start to finish, each one unique, the raw slabs & blanks I work with are sourced from the NSW North Coast from a family owned plantation. I use only sustainable Australian Paulownia planted by the family, grown by the family & milled by the family.
"My passion is illustration & shaping, with a focus on the ocean, I like to create artwork & boards that take the viewer to another place, a dream, a realm that draws them in."
Join me for the ride."
:: Handmade, Hand drawn & One of a kind ::

 If you didn't get to see James and his amazing work at last years Wooden Board Day you can catch him this Thursday in Bondi at this exhibition. A truely talented guy with a heart of gold and a love of the ocean and all things in and on it. You will be blown away at the detail he puts into each piece.

Bar & Grill , The Bondi Pavilion,  1 Queen Elizabeth Drive , Bondi Beach  Phone (02) 9365 4122

 James will also be joining us at this years Wooden Board day at the Byron Bay Surf Festival 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas fellow board builders. I hope you all have a break from work and get some time with family and friends. But done forget to sneak in the shed when you can to glue some wood. And if you are able to make it to next years Wooden Board day at the Byron Bay Surf Festival, it would be great to see you there.Thanks for all your support and please send any project you would like to share for me to post up.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Next years Wooden Board Day will be part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival

It is great to be joining forces with the Byron Bay Surf Festival next year, as it is by far the best surf festival at one of Australia's iconic surf towns. A place we all love and where we have had great times and waves. With their support, we will be part of the "Woodshed" precinct.

"Australia's largest gathering of Wooden surfboards and those that make them!! We've dedicated a special area of the Surf Art Markets to the wood sniffers. Chat with master shaper and designer Tom Wegener, along with Joel Fitzgerald, Andy Ceglinski, Grant Newby and more. If you dig wood don’t miss this timber buffet, including workshops, demo's and the latest and greatest in innovation and  designs of wooden surfboards!"
 There will be lots of people and lots to do and see. Anything surf related with be on show once again.

 So guys save the date and get that latest project board finished to bring along to the Woodshed. Be part of what will be a great weekend to showcase your passion, your hobby and spend time surrounded by others that love it as much as you. It is the same format as what we have had at Currumbin for the last 8 years, in that it is non commercial, non competetive and a great chance to meet others that have dedicated the time and effort that goes into building a wooden board. There will be a diverse collection of people to answer all those questions that building wooden boards throws up at you.

Saturday we will be in the park from 9am to 4.30pm, with all the other markets and activities. Sunday you will be able to surf and swap boards at Wategos Beach at the " Freestyle and Stoke surf sessions".

"On Sunday we invite you to join a day of fun and unique surfing sessions hosted at Australia's most easterly point, Wategos Beach. Open to young and old, including finless, tandem, logs, mermaids, fish, soft, and the new surfer/shaper! Unlike other surf festivals this is not a competitive day, it's all about the pure stoke of freestyling your own creative way across the wave on a surf craft of your choice. Lots of cool happening, including $1000 for the winner of the Party Wave Dash - for Cash. A fun one to watch!" 

If you are thinking of being part of the day and have any question please feel free to contact me.
grantnewby@bigpond.com  and check out the www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au for updates and details of all that is happening at this great event.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nice deck

What a great looking deck on this board in the foreground. This is a class of happy board builders after one of Stuart Bywaters board building classes. It is a great achievement and a very rewarding experience to build a board for yourself. If you love your surfing take it up a notch or two and build a board. And what better way of doing it than with a master craftsman such as Stuart. A great range of boards for one class but lots of smiles and high fives.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Kiwi Wood

 It has been a little shaky in New Zealand lately but that hasn't stopped Adam Lloyd from building his wooden boards. I helped him get started with the vacuum bagging and now he has done a couple of simmons style boards and this retro twin fin which is 5'7'' x 20 1/4 and 2 1/2 thick . He has another one on the go at the moment which is a 5ft 11" performance shortboard.  "Hopefully it turns out as well as this one. Got this one made just in time for the smaller summer months. "

Adam runs 'The TimberBoard Shop" in New Zealand and has a range of kits ,timber and all you need to build wooden baords. 
www.thetimberboardshop.co.nz       adam@thetimberboardshop.co.nz

Friday, November 11, 2016

Wooden surfboard classes, do it yourself or it makes a great gift.

4 Day Wooden Surfboard Class for 2017
March 23 - 26   2017   &   May 25 - 28      2017
Stuart Bywater is holding classes in the New Year, there are limited positions and they do sell fast, so this will be a first in first served basis. So if you are interested please let him know as soon as possible.
It is a 4 day course and each day is from 8am - 5pm. You will have all the materials and tools you need to fully assemble your board.
You will start with the full assembly and gluing of the frame. Gluing the top and bottom skins on. Vacuum bagging your board. shaping your rails. Fin placement. Sanding and getting the board ready for glassing.

Contact Stuart for all further information. This is a great experience for yourself or build a board with another member of the family. It is also a great gift for someone special. A lot of us surf, but not many of us surf on a board we built ourselves. It makes your time on the water pretty special.

Stuart Bywater  -  0414 283818  or  stuart@bywaterdesign.com.au 
Address : 182 Crockford Street,  Northgate, Queensland.
( Just north of the airport.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New board by John Purnell

" Hi Grant ,
hope this E finds you well, I’ve sent a few pics of one of the 2 boards I’ve just finished, “The Key” I made it for a long time surf buddy’s 50th Bday,   8’1” x 21” x 3”  single,  6mm thick steamed Paulownia strips over ESP blank shaped by Dave Reeves Ocean Shapes in Newcastle."
 "The blank is "blue foam" from Dion/Bennett, the 3 stringer lines are Australian Red Cedar with the rail band pin lines Western Red Cedar,  Australian White Cedar nose tip."
"And a custom John Devereux fin. A tung oil finish with my special bees wax/lanolin polish. It tips the scales at 6kg.

"I'm very happy with the results although there’s always a few things to improve on,
cheers,  John"

John builds a nice board and I am sure his long time friend will be very happy with his gift. That's what mates are for, share the stoke of surfing something different made with love and soul. Nice one John and thanks for sharing.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wooden Greenough edge board.

Nathan Grey from Sydney has never shied away from building a difficult shaped board and this is no exception. He has just got this new one finished.
"I had a go at at doing a Greenough style edge board.Vital statistics are. 6'1" 21" 2,5/8", It has got the single to double concave running the the central plane of the board, and I got myself a nice 8" hull flex fin from Alkali fins.
The Construction is hollow with rib's and no spine, the deck is paulownia and the rails and bottom skin are balsa. Glass job is 4oz top and bottom, entropy super sap epoxy."