We all have different ways of building boards and it is always good to see how different people approach this. Here is Chris Cook's ideas ... " This is a recent experimental project I've been working on. The project combines some seldom used techniques that make certain parts of the HWS building process quicker and easier. "
" The rocker shape that follows the outline of the surfboard is cut out of a solid piece of wood and then ripped down to 1/4"-3/8" strips. These strips are then glued together, bent and clamped in a jig that will give them the shape of the outline of the surfboard. I install a nose and tail block which will also help hold the rail pieces in place."
" The rails are beveled and then the plywood deck skin is clamped tight to the angled rails which gives the deck a smooth natural curve throughout the length of the board."
" I attached a diagram that shows how I install the deck first and then the internal framework."
" I attached some pictures of the rail pieces in the jig, and the deck having been attached to the rails. On my site there are more pictures and I will have more soon of the finished project."
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.