Monday, November 28, 2016

Nice deck

What a great looking deck on this board in the foreground. This is a class of happy board builders after one of Stuart Bywaters board building classes. It is a great achievement and a very rewarding experience to build a board for yourself. If you love your surfing take it up a notch or two and build a board. And what better way of doing it than with a master craftsman such as Stuart. A great range of boards for one class but lots of smiles and high fives.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Kiwi Wood

 It has been a little shaky in New Zealand lately but that hasn't stopped Adam Lloyd from building his wooden boards. I helped him get started with the vacuum bagging and now he has done a couple of simmons style boards and this retro twin fin which is 5'7'' x 20 1/4 and 2 1/2 thick . He has another one on the go at the moment which is a 5ft 11" performance shortboard.  "Hopefully it turns out as well as this one. Got this one made just in time for the smaller summer months. "

Adam runs 'The TimberBoard Shop" in New Zealand and has a range of kits ,timber and all you need to build wooden baords.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Wooden surfboard classes, do it yourself or it makes a great gift.

4 Day Wooden Surfboard Class for 2017
March 23 - 26   2017   &   May 25 - 28      2017
Stuart Bywater is holding classes in the New Year, there are limited positions and they do sell fast, so this will be a first in first served basis. So if you are interested please let him know as soon as possible.
It is a 4 day course and each day is from 8am - 5pm. You will have all the materials and tools you need to fully assemble your board.
You will start with the full assembly and gluing of the frame. Gluing the top and bottom skins on. Vacuum bagging your board. shaping your rails. Fin placement. Sanding and getting the board ready for glassing.

Contact Stuart for all further information. This is a great experience for yourself or build a board with another member of the family. It is also a great gift for someone special. A lot of us surf, but not many of us surf on a board we built ourselves. It makes your time on the water pretty special.

Stuart Bywater  -  0414 283818  or 
Address : 182 Crockford Street,  Northgate, Queensland.
( Just north of the airport.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New board by John Purnell

" Hi Grant ,
hope this E finds you well, I’ve sent a few pics of one of the 2 boards I’ve just finished, “The Key” I made it for a long time surf buddy’s 50th Bday,   8’1” x 21” x 3”  single,  6mm thick steamed Paulownia strips over ESP blank shaped by Dave Reeves Ocean Shapes in Newcastle."
 "The blank is "blue foam" from Dion/Bennett, the 3 stringer lines are Australian Red Cedar with the rail band pin lines Western Red Cedar,  Australian White Cedar nose tip."
"And a custom John Devereux fin. A tung oil finish with my special bees wax/lanolin polish. It tips the scales at 6kg.

"I'm very happy with the results although there’s always a few things to improve on,
cheers,  John"

John builds a nice board and I am sure his long time friend will be very happy with his gift. That's what mates are for, share the stoke of surfing something different made with love and soul. Nice one John and thanks for sharing.