I have just received this update on the wooden board building course at Mt .Eliza in Victoria which was organised by Robert Ivers.
" The Labour Day Long Weekend in Victoria was the date for the first Two, Tree 2 Sea Workshops in Australia, they were held in my workshop in Mt.Eliza Victoria.
Participants came from as far a field as South Australia,The Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Lakes Entrance."
" Rich Blundell an original founder of Grain Surfboards in the USA and most recently from treetosea.org was the instructor and mastermind behind the workshops, he travelled from the United Kingdom, where he had just completed Workshops in Wales."
" His knowledge and ideas about wooden board building is amazing. Using his specially developed system which allows a wooden surfboard to be built to the final sanding stage in two days, 9 beautiful wooden boards were created and have travelled to their new home with their creators to be sanded and glassed. Everybody had a great time and we all made some new friends.The boards ranged in size from a 4`6” Paipo to a 9' Malibu with the fish being the most popular build. The timber of choice was Australian grown Paulownia from the Coffs Harbor region, it`s an excellent material for board making with interesting grain patterns and very easy to work with."
" The Workshops will become regular events throughout the year and I will continue running them now that Rich has past on his techniques about this system."
" I have had a lot of interest about this program from local schools that would like to add the program into their school curriculum, so I am tailoring the program to suit the kids ability and hope to have it up and running soon."
Written By Robert Ivers
Hollow Wooden Surfboards