Feb 122015
 

Nearly two years ago, Peter and Jennifer arrived at my front door to look at a hollow wooden fish they were interested in buying. We had a good chat about wood boards, life and the like. A few days later Jennifer phoned and said Peter would like to come around with his crew and film the wood boards I was making. That’s how Peter, Jennifer, Adam and Jules came to spend two days in a garage in Fish Hoek, which at the time was where I made my hollow wood surfboards.

I’ve often thought about those days of filming because of the moment in time they captured. Shortly afterwards I moved to a workshop in Kommetjie, the business grew, things got crazy and the garage became an unused storage place that nobody ever entered. In the last few weeks I’ve moved my workshop from Kommetjie to Scarborough, but I’m fixing up my garage work space so that I can spend some days working at home, picking up the kids, cooking meals and doing all those kind of homely things that one doesn’t do when spending all your time in a workshop obsessed with making wood surfboards. So it’s sort of as if I’ve done something of a circle. The film the crew made can be watched below. It was shown at the 2014 Wavescapes Surf Film Festival held in Cape Town. So much thanks to everyone who was involved and hope to hook up again soon.




Feb 022015
 

I’m now building wood surf craft and running courses in building your own wood surf craft from a workshop on Good Hope Gardens Nursery, just outside Scarborough and opposite Cape Point Nature Reserve. It is a stunning location to build boards from, surrounded by mountains and indigenous vegetation, and close to the ocean.

This obviously means that I’ve moved from my previous workshop on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. The move was necessitated by my lease expiring and the premises being needed for a new development. To those of you who have built a board with me or visited the workshop, it’s a funny twist that it was the goats that made me move – they’ve grown in numbers and my workshop is needed for a new milking parlour.

Nothing is changing – I’m still building boards and offering courses on building your own hollow wood surfboard, SUP or handplane. It is a transition though and I’d like to mark this by saying a huge thanks, from the bottom of my heart, to all those who have shared the space with me. I have been privileged and honoured to meet and spend time with amazing people during my nearly two years at Imhoff Farm. It has been inspirational and taught me a tremendous amount about my craft. I will never forget my time there.

Please feel free to visit the new workshop; it’s always great to have guests.

 

 

 

Jan 202015
 
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Picture by Ant Fox.

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
Jan 182015
 

2015 has gotten off to a rocking start with a run of exceptional summer swells lighting up the Cape Peninsula surf spots. After a hectic end to the year in the wood surfboard building workshop, I took it slow for the first week of January, but have stepped up a gear in the last few days. The year is starting with some Saturday course building – Ant and Gero got started on Saturday and will be building their boards on Saturday’s up to the end of February. And tomorrow, Ian and Amanta will be building their boards on a six-day course.

2015 is an exciting year for Burnett Wood Surfboards. Apart from our usual hollow wood surfboards and custom wood surfboard builds, I will, for the first time be offering Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) course options. More details to follow. I will also be introducing a range of other course offerings. In the meantime, below are some pictures from the workshop taken at the end of last year and beginning of this year.

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6′.8″ single fin.

9′.8″ longboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5′.7″ twin-keel custom fish.

 

Jan 062015
 

longshotThis is the deal: The lease at my workshop on Imhoff Farm in Kommmetjie has ended and the building is going to be renovated. This leaves me needing a workshop to build my wood surfcraft and run the courses where people build their own.

I could take a space in an industrial business park – and I might still do that. BUT…what if someone that I’m not able to reach has a space or knows someone with a space that might be perfect for making these wonderful surfboards. That’s where YOU come in and the power of your network. The deal is that if you find me a space your prize will be a hollow wood surfboard of your choice handcrafted by Burnett Wood Surfboards (*see below for terms and conditions). It will be a collector’s item, one-of-a-kind surfboard.

Contact me on 073 232 3043 or burnett.patrick@gmail.com 

I am rent paying and an excellent tenant – reliable, respectful and trustworthy.

Here are my requirements:

- The space must be in the Southern Suburbs (or close to) of Cape Town;

- Preferably, it should be in an area where there are trees, views and a general rustic and/or viby ambiance. (Know anyone with a large estate or farm that has an old workshop or barn on it?);

- Electricity must be available;

- A certain amount of noise from the use of power tools must be permitted;

- In terms of size, I’m not putting too many criteria down, but it should be larger than double garage size;

- It must have access to toilets.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

* The prize is redeemable subject to me signing a lease on the place you introduce me to. In other words, just finding a place that I have a look at doesn’t mean you win the board.

* You can choose the board which you want from the models that I have available, starting from a 5′.7″ fish shape and through to a 9′.7″ longboard.

* The wood used is subject to availability but you will be given a choice based on the wood we have in stock.

* Delivery of the chosen board will be three months after the signing of any lease.

* Nope, the prize is not redeemable in cash!

 

 

 

 Posted by at 11:35 am
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.

Nov 112014
 

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.

 

Oct 312014
 

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.

handplane panorama

 Posted by at 8:46 pm
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 »