FOUR-DAY WOODEN BOARD CLASS – THE ONE JUST RUN, AND THOSE TO COME
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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 .
The blank is ready to shape.
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
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.
email@example.com or bywaterdesign.com.au/wooden-surfboard-sale