Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wooden knee boards by Mike De Heer to be tested at Skeleton Bay

"I was introduced to making wood boards by Patrick Burnett in Cape Town 2 years ago when I built a board on one of his board building courses.  Since then I have tried a other few methods, including chambered, I have finally settled on the EPS with parabolic rails method. I have found this gives me the best weight to strength ratio. They surf great and really enjoy the flex properties it gives me. My rails and tail blocks are a combination of cork and either Japanese Cedar or Obeche. I have used Walnut and Maple for deck/bottom skins but am settling on Koto for my last few boards."

" You will note quite a few kneeboards as I am a keen kneeboarder. "
"For 2016 I have set myself the goal of building one board a month every month and have started the first three. I will send you pics once completed.  I am also planning my secound surftrip to Skeleton
Bay in 2016 and hope to have a quiver of 3 kneeboards ready for the trip.
Skeleton Bay is an insane wave and can snap boards like twigs so I will need them to be strong and shaped for the barrel. But I hope to claim "first wood board surfed at Skeleton Bay" status. Will let you know how I get on."

This is Skeleton Bay...

"Thanks for a great blog, the information shared in your articles has helped me refine my techniques pushed me to build better boards."

Mike de Heer
Dust Wooden Surfboards


Monday, December 28, 2015

First time bagging a board.

Adam Lloyd in New Zealand has been building framed wooden boards and was keen to try bagging wood over EPS as an option. Here are few shots he sent me of his progress.
I helped him with a design in AKU and he had to convince his local shaper with a AKU machine to have a go at cutting the file for him. It is much easier to give someone a straight forward file that is thinned out for your needs with normal rails cut as well. And then it is a regular cut for them. That way it will fit with their work flow and you get a result that is easy to use. So here is the cut blank from H grade EPS. Next is to scribe the rails and cut off 10 or 15mm that will be replaced with laminated Paulownia.
Get the rails nice and square and then glue on say a 3mm strip of Paulownia. All you need is good quality masking tape, no clamps required. Do this both sides and across the nose. And the tail if you want depending on what finished shape the tail design is.
Once you have trimmed the 3mm Paulownia on all the way round the blank, you can set it up on a level bench and place some wood under the blank as you rocker bed. Check you rocker from the design / cutting file and make sure it is still there. Cut your deck and bottom skins about 5mm oversize all round and you are ready to get some glue out and laminate it all together.Slide it all in the bag on top of the rocker bed and suck it down for a couple of hours.
You can pull some pretty tidy concaves and deck roll with the bag that is for sure.
Once out of the bag you can trim it all up and you have encapsulated the foam in wood.Very simple and very efficient. Now all you have to do is laminate the rails on with masking tape once again. Simple and cost effective.
 Looks like it all came out well. The board can be finished in fibreglass if you use say 3 or 4mm deck skins.Or you can use marine or floor grade varnish depending on the thickness of the deck skins and their ability to take your weight.This is a lighter and cheaper option compared to getting someone to glass the board for you.
Looks like a fun board.
If you want to get more info from Adam check out his site :

the timber board shop

Monday, December 21, 2015

Wooden boards by Jason Oliver

Jason has been building a range of different wooden boards for some time now. He is well known for his great looking boards with nail holes and rust stains, as they are skinned with recycled pallets. His use of tints and colour with wood as well.
Performance fish, recycled pine pallets over eps core with tint on foam rails.
3 piece custom travel surfboard, PU blank with Red cedar and pigment
9' 6 longboard from recycled Western Red Cedar, Red Cedar, Pine pallets and Paulownia.
 Check out what Jason is up to on ...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Board building classes in Europe 2016 with Arbo Surfboards.

From Paul Reisberg ...
" Hey hey,
Before I'm off to Morocco for a couple of weeks just a quick update on things happening and workshops in early 2016. I've been around Europe a lot the last few months to build wooden boards and help people to make their own.
The next build-your-own hollow wooden surfboard weekend workshops are:

29.-31.january 2016 - bristol/uk
12.-14.february 2016 - düsseldorf/germany
19.-21.february 2016 - hamburg/germany
01.-31.march 2016 - newquay/cornwall/uk
13.-16.may 2016 - hamburg/germany

Additional dates for 2016 are in the planning! Please suggest a place for a workshop if you are keen and maybe even have a suitable space!!
If you always wanted to check out the surf in Cornwall, do so and build a board with me at the same time... there is new accommodation available right where we are based. and yoga classes every night at Lime House Yoga Studio.
Sorry to those who couldn't get a place in of the workshops with me in 2015. let's make it happen in 2016.
Contact me soon if you are interested to take part and want more information.
Custom boards are as usual. Let me know soon if you want a bespoke wooden surfboard for the summer. I have some time in january/february to build you something...

All the best from rainy Cornwall,
Paul Reisberg

ARBO Surfboards
Mount Hill Farm
Mount, Rose
Truro, Cornwall TR4 9PP
United Kingdom

contact: paulitspaul@gmx.net
(i'm not always quick to respond but will eventually...)
on facebook: here

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Italian board builder Eugenio Celli of " No Made Boards"


Eugenio builds a great looking board with classical lines and soft contours. 
Check out his work : www.nomadeboards.com

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nice new board by Tony Crimmins off to the glasser

 Nice timber supplied by Stuart Bywater in Brisbane. The resin will bring it to life.
Tony is a meticulous craftsman and builds a beautiful board.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Art on wood always good

Jess Lambert , Byron Bay is the artist - Halcyon - Lines

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Naval camo Alaia

Good mate John Tesoriero has always been fascinated by US Navy dazzle camouflage and how he could interpret it into a project.
"Widely used by the allies in the First World War and then again sparing in the Second, it's distinct erratic line work was designed to confuse the enemy as to the size, speed, direction and angle of the travelling vessel, thus making it difficult to get an accurate bearing to launch an attack."
"Inspired by the work of Carrie Schneider 2008 Dazzle Canoe, I had the idea of applying the pattern to a surfboard, but then realised that there would not be a 'glasser' anywhere in the world who would touch a project like this and so the idea got shelved."
"A couple of months back on Instagram Jon of @mosquito_boat posted a photo of a chest of drawers that he had Dazzled and that photo made me think of wood instead of fibreglass and this revelation drew me to the Alaia, a finless wooden surfboard favoured by the Ancient Hawaiians. Choosing this medium made the whole concept possible and so I contacted Jon and and we worked on several ideas to arrive at a pattern to suit the profile of the Alaia board.

From here I teamed up with life-long friend @Charcoal_Smith, a talented sign writer, artist, ladder climber and hero and got down to the business end of applying paint and loads of masking tape. The final touches was the marking of the 'ships numbers', 44, the numerals of the Papa Nui Combat Beach Battalion."

 Cole 'Charcoal' Smith, artist and sign writer.

"Having finally finished this project and seeing the ideas come to life, it reminds me of the importance of inspiration and that adage that says, 'It's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to'.
All of us need to be inspired but we need to interpret things in our own way, we need to find a connection and draw our own parallels, we need to personalise and individualise and ultimately take ownship of an idea because this is what gives substance and authenticity. There is only one true way and that is in the words of Chris Issacs, "Be yourself because everyone else is already taken".

With Christmas just round the corner it is a good time to plan a project for your self or with the kids and make something special.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nordic wooden board builder

”The Smell of Popsicle Sticks” is a short film about one man’s passion for building wooden surfboards and riding them in the frigid waters of Sweden.
The video is a portrait of Peter Jarl and his fondness for wood and surfing, which he combines by building beautiful wooden surfboards in his small garage.
The film focuses on his love for the craft, his authentic woodworking and the creation of his first 100% pure wood surfboard, free of fibreglass and epoxy. With a humble and enthusiastic attitude, Peter is not afraid of literally working against the grain, far away from the mainstream surf locations and industry standards. His goal is to build well-crafted wooden surfboards that last longer and are more sustainable than their factory produced counterparts.
In the video Peter shares his thoughts about surfing in Sweden and takes his board out for a test ride in the cold winter waves of southern Sweden.
“The Smell of Popsicle Sticks” is the first episode of a series of surf videos that tell intimate stories about people who pursue surfing in a different way and with non-standard wave riding tools.
The short documentary videos are filmed and produced with special attention to the interplay of sound and image, and seek to capture the beauty and poetry of these unique surfing practices existing on the fringe of the larger surfing community.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Four day wooden board building class.


Wooden surfboards make for a wonderful ride and by making your own you'll have produced a work of art uniquely yours. These classes are run in Southern Queensland by master-craftsman, surfboard builder/designer, and fine furniture maker Stuart Bywater.

How the most recent four-day class went down:

Day 1
Looking inside a Bywater hollow wooden board you’d think there is nothing to it and in many ways this is very close to the truth, Western Red Cedar ribs at every 150 mm and 2 rails each made from three 6 mm thick paulownia strips and a Paulownia Nose and tail block

In the first day all students have assembled the internal frame whether it is a 5'10" fish, 8' pig shape Mal or 10' nose rider, all 9 students are in the workshop to help each other and learn as much as possible. The stoke is high and no one has even been for a surf, gluing techniques, timber species, how to use a hand plane, and the end goal that prize of riding something you made yourself.
After lunch that day we glue the external skins into panels, that is 18 panels for 9 boards, what a great day.

Day 2
On the next day it is all about hand planning rails and practically working inside out, preparing the rails with a hand plane following the contours of the ribs and preparing the frame to glue the external skin over the top.

There isn't much time to rest as we go hard from 8am-4pm working together and getting to know new friends, hearing of surf spots we haven't been to and being told about the one last week. At the end of day 2 the rails are shaped and skins are glued together and now sanded.

Day 3
First thing Saturday and it looks like some of the guys got together and tied one on, they had hit new milestones in their life, they were making their own board and they thought it worth celebrating, so a quick Coffee and we were all into it.
I call everyone together, ok it’s a big day today we are going to glue the skins onto the boards and we will get all glued today, the excitement rises

As we start to cut the skins to shape with the jigsaw, apply glue to the inner frame and the skins and the first board goes in the vacuum bag , excitement overcomes everyone as they can now see it all happening , with 9 students Michael, David and myself the boards start to move very fast and by the end of day 3 all 9 boards are glued and ready to shape tomorrow .

Day 4
The blank is ready to shape.
Cleaning the tape and glue from the board is quick and it is all shaping from here, the rails are cleaned up and start taking shape.
The fin boxes are marked out and routed into the bases, 50/50, 60/40, boxy, round nose everyone has their own reason and theory on why they like certain details as we all surf differently.

By lunch the sandpaper comes out and the boards are being fine-tuned and some lovely boards are created, if only my first board was this refined.

At the end of four days we had made nine boards and each of us had made nine new surf buddys.

If you are interested in making a hollow wooden surfboard our next classes are in February 2016

4 Day Wooden Surfboard Class
February 11 to 14
Each day from 8am-4pm

Full assembly and gluing of frame, gluing the top and bottom skins, vacuum bagging your board, shaping your rails, fin placement, and sanding (ready to glass).

Our last class was filled to capacity so if you are interested please let us know and I will send you an information pack.
   - Cheers, Stuart B

This is reposted from Pacific Longboarder Magazine.
A Wooden Board building class would be a great Christams gift for a friend or family member. Stuart is a very talented wood craftsman and a main supplier of Paulownia to those of us building wooden boards, alaia and handplanes.

 enquiries@bywaterdesign.com.au      or    bywaterdesign.com.au/wooden-surfboard-sale

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A happy 10 years for Grain

"Ten years ago, Mike was diligently dabbling in the dark basement of his rental on a cliff above the beach... and months later - with the help of some friends - wooden surfboards began to emerge. Grain Surfboards itself took shape soon after, and as Mike and Brad refined their techniques and figured out how to make surfboards into kits, they were lucky enough to attract the great group of people that have become Grain Surfboards today.  During that time, we've been consistently amazed at the superb commitment of our staff, all the friends we make year after year, the sheer awesomeness of the people to whom we've become connected, and the thousand-plus surfboards Grain's helped others to build.  For us, sharing this experience with all of you has been the best part (tasty waves aside).  Thank you all for a great decade."
"Those who know our roots aren't surprised that our construction is inspired by boat-building techniques - even the parts of our boards have distinctly nautical names: keels, frames, planking, lands, chines... But few know that one of the earliest boards that came from Mike's basement was so nautical-natured that it had tarry black deck seams and bronze fastenings.  That board carried some serious tonnage - and though heavy, it was still inspiring." 

"Today, having developed ideal methods to craft super-strong but lightweight wooden boards, we're ready to roll back the years to produce a modern version of that original boat-board.  So over the next few months, we'll produce four premium boards loaded with seafaring stuff similar to the original.  If this is the sort of thing that fills your canvas, give us a call to get in an advance order.  Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more news and images of the Grain Ten-Year Anniversary Board Series."

60 Brixham Rd. York Maine 03909     grainsurfboards.com

Happy birthday guys you have helped bring wooden boards back to main sream surf curlture for lots of people. Thanks.