Thursday, July 28, 2016

Art on Wood

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wooden Boards in Belgium

Philippe Martens of Sinum Surfboards builds wooden boards in Oostende, Belgium. He also conducts board building classes and custom builds boards.
 Nice fresh CNC cut frames
They go together so well
 Clean and tidy

It is interesting that he finishes his hollow wooden boards with Lanolin which I think is great to see. As I love using Lanolin myself. He also glasses some as well.

He has a nice range of designs
A great range of boards built in his classes. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Build your favorite board

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.
Alan with Robert August

Nice job.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Paulownia in Germany

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.
A Paulownia guitar
For more info on what they are doing :

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Everything you ever wanted to know about building a hollow wooden paddle board and more.

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.
 You can order a kit
 Plans printed or PDF
Ready to go together
All the extra bits you will need
Light and strong 
He has many tried and true designs to choose from.
But it is his Tutorials section that is just amazing , with so much detail and content in video 

Thanks Clayton for all your hard work.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Australian Cedar for sale

Bob Green in Brisbane has some nice dry Cedar for sale if you have special project in mind. 
Contact him on :

Guns a blazing at Firewire

A beatutiful all wooden Hot Curl by Roger Hall NZ

 Amazing vision and amazing execution - Roger Hall Surfline Surfboards New Zealand

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Alan's special project

 "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."

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Frank in the Maldives

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.

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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Info Pack HERE