Dec 042014
 
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2015 will see Burnett Wood Surfboards going into the third year offering wood surfboard courses, where people can build their own beautiful hollow wood surfboards.

In 2015, we’re offering two new course options. Firstly, there are dedicated courses for building a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board in wood. Secondly, we’re introducing one-day courses where participants shape their own bodysurfing handplanes. More information on the SUP courses is forthcoming. Details on the handplane courses can be found here.

The dates for the scheduled courses are below – anyone who can’t make these dates is still welcome to arrange to build a board at their convenience over consecutive days or on weekends.

For more information, please have a look at the courses page or drop me an email on burnett.patrick@gmail.com

2015 WOOD SURFBOARD COURSE SCHEDULE

January

- 19-24 January 2015, six day or three day build your own hollow wood surfboard

February

- 2-7 February, SUP course

- 21 February, handplane course

March

- 23-28 March, six day or three day build your own hollow wood surfboard

April

- To be announced

May

- 9 May, handplane course

- 18-23 May, build your own hollow wood SUP course

June

- 22-27 June, six day or three day build your own hollow wood surfboard

July

- 24-29 July, six day or three day build your own hollow wood surfboard

September

- 21-26 September, hollow wood SUP course

October

- 19-24 October, six day or three day build your own hollow wood surfboard

December

- 7-12 December six day or three day build your own hollow wood surfboard

 Posted by at 7:55 pm
Nov 262014
 

10403737_10153217060123368_6648795852302934090_oLast year’s inaugural Wavescape Fish Fry was a great event and it’s back this year in what promises to be a huge success. I’m stoked to have a stand again this year, and I’ll have some brand new wood surfboards to showcase.

Presented by sustainable seas experts WWF-SASSI, the community event promises to “open a window into underground surf culture to enable shapers, artists, environmentalists and surfers to share ideas, and barter or buy surfboards from each other”. So says the publicity material from the organisers.

With a focus on environmental and social issues, a big focus of the evening is to raise awareness around sustainable seafood consumption, and to raise funds for the Waves for Change development programme.

The programme includes bush cook guru and celebrity chef Justin Bonello, who will host a special fish braai challenge featuring six Cape Town Ultimate Braaimaster teams from Seasons 2 and 3 of the popular TV cooking series (Smoke, Sweat and Tears, Coal Play, Santa Annas, Weskus Braaiers, Tikka Boys and Team Tenancity). Executive chef Bertus Basson will head a judging panel featuring food bloggers and foodies, and top South African cookbooks will be raffled.

10397187_10153293900093368_85186582919016822_oDuring the early afternoon, the Save Our Seas Foundation’s Shark Education Centre will be there with some fun edutainment activities for the kids. There will also be craft beer and food stalls, and surf artists and craftsmen will demonstrate their work. Pace yourself, because later on in the evening, 5FM DJ Cath Grenfell, specially down from Joburg, is going to rock the house with some epic dance music.

Fish Fry takes off at 3pm on Saturday 29th November with a surfboard market, so bring your spare boards to swap or sell. Pay R100 per board at the door. We reserve the right to put your boards in the bargain box. Good quality or crafted boards get on the main rack for sale, along with unique surfboard specials by top Cape Town shapers.

Entrance is R30 at the door and free for under 16s. Board sellers get entrance included in their board fee.

Click for more info on the Wavescape Fish Fry and the Wavescape Festival.

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boardswapLast year the inaugural Kommetjie board swap took place and with the success of that event it’s back for the second year this Saturday, 15 November.

There’s swopping, selling and trading of surfboards, fins and skateboards, live acoustic music, prizes and giveaways and a showcase of shapers and wetsuits. It starts at 3pm at the Kommetjie Primary School. I’m planning on being there with a small display of my hollow wood surfboards.

All proceeds go towards Kommetjie charger Mike Schlebach’s mission to make the world big wave tour in 2015/2016.

 

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20141028_083113The last hollow wood surfboard building course of 2014 is coming up in December. The dates for the December wood surfboard course are 8-13 December and there are two places remaining so if you want to build your own beautiful wood surfboard then send me an email through burnett.patrick@gmail.com. You can sign up for the full six day option or if you have limited time choose the three-day option.

STOP PRESS: I’m thinking of running an additional course 1-7  December. If these dates suit you better, please let me know.

Check out the courses page for more information and have a look at this photo gallery for some of the course boards built.

2015 course dates will be announced shortly.

 

 

 Posted by at 4:55 am
Oct 152014
 

handplane3Saturday, 22 November 2014, will see the launch of our latest course offering, a one-day workshop in which participants build their own beautiful, surfable bodysurfing handplane.

For a day of craft, join us at our farmyard workshop in Kommetjie, Cape Town and work with beautiful timber in making something that you can play with in the ocean.

We’ll take you through some basics about getting the best out of the piece of timber you work with, brief you on the tools you’ll be using, provide information on the different features of hand planes and give you a step by step briefing on how to shape your hand plane.

The entire day, including tools, materials, food, drinks and your finished hand plane, will cost a bargain-busting R800. Places are limited so contact Patrick on burnett.patrick@gmail.com or 073 232 3043

What you get:

- A choice of three different styles of wood hand plane blanks

- A choice of three standard hand plane template shapes

- Access to all tools and materials needed to shape your hand plane

- A briefing on hand planes and how they work

- Tuition and assistance

- Tea/Coffee

- Braai meal

- Chance to meet some really cool people

- Your own beautiful, functional wave craft

- Experience of working with wood and craft

Please contact Patrick on burnett.patrick@gmail.com or 073 232 3043 to place your order or if you require additional information.

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Sep 212014
 
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Picture: Dougal Paterson, www.dougalpaterson.com

All our hollow wood surfboards are now being glassed with Entropy Super Sap bioresin. This is a first for wood surfboards in South Africa and increases the already sound environmental credentials of the wood boards we produce.

Traditional epoxies mostly use petroleum based materials, but Entropy claims to use “biobased renewable materials sourced as co-products or from waste streams of other industrial processes, such as wood pulp and bio-fuels production”. They claim a 50% minimum reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions and say that the “green chemistry” eliminates harmful by-products and reduces power and water consumption. Continue reading »

Aug 192014
 

What an awesome week of hollow wood surfboard building.

Our August course ran from 11-17 August and four boards were built: two 9′.7″ longboards and two 6′.4″ eggs. The guys participating built amazing boards and each one is a functional work of art in its own right. It was such a stoke to work with everyone and see the boards coming together. What really struck me about this course was the way everyone helped each other. It was a great vibe and I’d like to thank Craig, Norman, Peter and Matthew for making the week a successful one.

Here are some pictures from the week. If you want to join up and build your own board, have a look at our courses page or drop me an email on burnett.patrick@gmail.com

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Jul 062014
 

Picture: Dougal Paterson, www.dougalpaterson.com

Up until now, if you wanted to build one of our hollow wood surfboards you needed to sign up for a week-long course. For many people who would like the experience of building their own board, it’s hard to take a full week.

The six-day course is still available. But we have also added a three-day hollow wood surfboard building course where all it takes is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday for you to experience building your own wood surfboard.

We’ll still retain the core of our week-long course offering and you’ll experience the satisfaction of working with wood in crafting your own beautiful, functional wave craft.

But instead of starting at the beginning, part of your board will already be built for you when you begin, enabling you to come in and work on the most crucial and rewarding parts.

The first three-day course will run 19-21 September 2014. To book your spot, contact Patrick through burnett.patrick@gmail.com or 073 232 3043 to sign up or for more information.

What you get:

- Your own beautiful, surfable wood surfboard, handmade by yourself

- Access to all tools and provision of materials needed to make your surfboard

- Information on wood surfboards, history, design dynamics, environmental credentials

- Tuition and assistance

- Glassing and finishing of the board

- Fin boxes or handmade wood fins

- Tea/Coffee throughout the day

- Lunch on the days that you build

- Experience of working with wood and craft in a stunning rural environment

- The chance to meet other like-minded folk also building their own boards.

To see our picture gallery of people who have built their own boards, click here. For more information, click here.

Contact Patrick through burnett.patrick@gmail.com or 073 232 3043 to sign up or for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 292014
 

Below are pictures of some wood surfboards and related products currently being built at Burnett Wood Surfboards. The first set of pictures is a beautiful twin keel fish that Graeme is building on a course. The wood is stunning. Check out our courses page if you’re interested in building your own board.

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We just finished this beautiful custom order pictured below. It’s a 7′.6″ mini-mal made out of Western Red Cedar.

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 And this 6′.0″ twin keel fish custom order is designed for the ins and outs of a ledgy reef take-off that then peels off into a playful wall. Nearly done on the finishing glassing touches.

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 We’ve also been making some beautiful bodysurfing handplanes. Stand by – we’ll soon be running a one-day course where you can come and shape your own. We will also be offering kits, where we post everything you need to make your own.

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 And lastly, something completely different…a mirror. It is made out of Cherry and Poplar with mother-of-pearl inserts. Yes, it is for sale.

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Jun 082014
 
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Picture: Dougal Paterson, www.dougalpaterson.com

Out in a packed line-up recently and the only surfer on a wooden surfboard, I jokingly quipped that everyone else was destroying the planet. “Aren’t we all,” came a cynical reply. The answer to that comment is, yes we are.

News circulated last year about a green surfboard verification programme. The initiative comes from Southern California outfit Sustainable Surf, a non-profit start-up NGO. A report on the initiative notes that petroleum, polyurethane, polyester resin, polystyrene foam, PVC and many other substances are still being widely used to produce surf gear and equipment. Tell us something we don’t already know. Continue reading »