Patagonia Burleigh Heads in conjunction with Dovetail Surfboards presented a DIY Paipo Workshop held on 22 September 2012. The class of 10 participants ranged from locals to die hard surf craft enthusiasts all the way from Brisbane.
Here is a report from Keith the manager and organiser of the day at Patagonia Burleigh.
"Geoff and Jack Moase from Dovetail Surfboards introduced themselves and walk us through the steps to create a Paipo, or wooden belly board, from a Paulownia blank. From there the class (most being astute surfers themselves) got stuck in and started experimenting with different templates and combinations of nose, rails, tails and concaves. What transpired were creative, unique, and really inspiring craft that, once oiled, will be out in the water and sitting deep in the pocket.
It was a warm and wonderful day. Some of the guys didn’t have tools so everyone pitched in and shared, and at the end all lent a hand in cleaning up the sawdust and hand planer spirals which scattered the ground. The shop provided a BBQ lunch and with some cool drinks on hand we all managed to keep hydrated and complete the shaping process. All that is left is the artwork and a coat of oil to finish seal it and then they’re off to the water."
Check out the pics HERE