Wood surfboard courses: build your own wood surfboard

 

ABOUT COURSES

Burnett Wood Surfboards has been making finely crafted hollow wood surfboards since 2007.  We share the stoke that comes with building and surfing your own wood surfboard through a variety of course offerings. You can sign up for scheduled six-day or three-day wood surfboard courses or if you can’t make these dates you can arrange to come and build a board on dates that suit you in a one-on-one environment.

Those participating walk away from the course with their own handcrafted and very beautiful hollow wood surfboard.

Our courses take builders through all the theoretical and practical aspects of building a wood surfboard. We look at the different types of timber, the environmental aspects and the design dynamics underpinning wood surfboards. This is combined with the practical process of crafting a surfboard from a pile of planks into a one-of-a-kind work of art that can be surfed.

What anyone who attends one of my courses gets is the experience of crafting your own unique wooden surfboard from a pile of planks. For most people, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll be able to surf it, show it off and there won’t be another board like it anywhere on the planet because each piece of wood that nature makes is uniquely different. It’s a process of engrossing yourself in the beauties of wood and at the same time making something with the beautiful curves of good surfboard design meant to harness the energy of a breaking wave. As someone who has been making these boards for nearly a decade and knows all the pitfalls and mistakes that can be made, I’m the ultimate resource to help you avoid common mistakes and make something that you’ll be proud of for life.

Anybody can do our courses. It’s not essential that you have DIY or woodworking experience as we’ve devised a programme that everyone can follow. Both ladies and gents are welcome. Participants build their own board (it won’t be done for you), under expert assistance, so you must be prepared to do a degree of work.

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

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COURSE OFFERINGS

1. Six-day full-time courses: these are scheduled courses that take place on specific dates (see below). We limit numbers to 2-4 people per course. Check out the scheduled dates for 2014 below.

2. Three-day courses: For people who would like the experience of building their own board, but have limited time. See below for details on the next course or click here to read a blog post about how it works..

3. Courses by arrangement:  If you can’t make the scheduled dates, you tell us what suits you and we’ll arrange a custom course to suit your needs.

4. Evening courses. These are only available for courses being held in Woodstock.


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INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

We welcome travelling surfers who want to come and build their own hollow wood surfboard with us. The area around our workshop has a number of great accommodation options, many with stunning sea and mountain views or within walking distance of beaches. While Burnett Wood Surfboards does not directly arrange accommodation, we can provide contact details for establishments where our clients have previously stayed and returned positive reports. These establishments range from budget to luxurious. Please ask us for details. We are also able to arrange onward shipping and packaging options for finished  boards.

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 2017 COURSE SCHEDULE

16-20 January 2017:  The first hollow wooden surfboard building workshop of 2017 will take place in the Scarborough workshop. Build your wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own stand-up paddleboard over six days.
  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane in one day.

20-25 February 2017: Burnett Wood Surfboards will be hosting a workshop in the Cape St. Francis/J-Bay area. Build your wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.

6-10 March 2017: This course will be held in Woodstock, close to central Cape Town and the Northern Suburbs. Build your wooden surfboard over six or three days, or book in after work for an evening build. If you can’t make these dates, book in to build a board at the Scarborough workshop in March. Choose the dates that suit you, and choose whether to build your beautiful wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own stand-up paddleboard over six days.
  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.

17-22 April 2017: Durban Calling. After a successful 2016 course in Durban, Burnett Wood Surfboards will be back over these dates. Build your wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.

May 2017: This is an as-you-can-make-it, book-your-own-dates month at the Scarborough workshop. Choose the dates that suit you, and choose whether to build your beautiful wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own stand-up paddleboard over six days.
  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.

21-26 August 2017: This course will take place in the Scarborough workshop. If you can’t make these dates, book in to build a during the dates that suit you, and choose whether to build your beautiful wooden surfboard over six or three days.

18-23 September 2017: This course will take place in the Scarborough workshop. If you can’t make these dates, book in to build a during the dates that suit you, and choose whether to build your beautiful wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own stand-up paddleboard over six days.
  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.

20-25 November 2017: This course will take place in the Scarborough workshop. If you can’t make these dates, book in to build a during the dates that suit you, and choose whether to build your beautiful wooden surfboard over six or three days.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own stand-up paddleboard over six days.
  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.

4-9 December 2017: This course will take place in the Scarborough workshop.

Other course options available are:

  • Build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane over one day.
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AVAILABLE BOARD SHAPES

These are some of the board shapes we have available for course participants to choose from. Once you’ve decided on a shape, we’ll get into discussing the specific measurements required.

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2016 COURSE COSTS

The cost per person is between R8,800 and to R11,200, depending on board length and wood choice. For example, the fish shape would be at the lower end of the scale, while the full longboard would be at the highest.

Prices are all-inclusive of tuition and everything you need to build the surfboard you choose. We’ll glass the board after the course and hand it over to you with a shop finish. If you choose glass-on fins, these are included in the price. If you choose a fin box system, the boxes of your chosen system are included, but we will not supply fins unless by prior arrangement. Tea and coffee are provided on course days, but please bring your own lunches.

50% deposit is required to confirm your order. A 5% EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS MADE (AND DEPOSITS PAID) THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE.

Please note that for the Durban and Cape St. Francis courses, there is an additional charge of 5% of the price of a board, due to the increased costs incurred.

Please write to burnett.patrick@gmail.com or contact Patrick on 073 232 3043 to register your interest. Questions welcome.

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GIFT CERTIFICATES

gift_card_openOur popular gift certificate makes a very special birthday, anniversary or Christmas present for your loved one, whether husband, wife, father, son or daughter. They also make great corporate gifts. You can give a certificate for someone to attend a course and build their own surfboard or the certificate can be for a custom surfboard to be built for them.

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COURSE PICTURE GALLERY

The gallery below includes pictures from some of the courses held by Burnett Wood Surfboards 2013-2015.

Course Pictures and Boards

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COURSE FEEDBACK

“The pleasure of working with wood and creating something with your hands that you will surf is world class. You have to do it to experience it.” – Lewin de Villiers, who built a 6’.4” egg shape.

“I must honestly say that this was one of the most incredible things I have done. Building a work of art ranks as one of my most amazing experiences. And I am probably going to do it again soon. Guaranteed satisfaction.” – Patrick Mahue, who built an 11′ longboard.

“It was an amazing experience to create something from nothing. I had a master craftsman to guide me, If you surf or even if you don’t, the challenge is a good one and I can highly recommend it. Thank you Patrick at Burnett Wood Surfboards for the course.” – Damon Mac Donald, who built a 6′.4″ fish shape.

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  9 Responses to “Wood surfboard courses: build your own wood surfboard”

  1. Hi there
    is it full day each day, or after hours, or how does it work??

  2. Hi Anthony, it’s a full day over the period of a week.

  3. Man.

    These boards look too beautiful. I would absolutely love to build one (or even buy a premade one), but I am going to have to build up my finances for a while first… I’ve got a good goal now.

    Lovely, lovely, work.

  4. Would it be possible to build a stand-on board during such a course, if so, what would the price difference be?

  5. Please have a look at the following page, which gives details about building a SUP on a course: http://burnettwoodsurfboards.co.za/products/paddleboards-sup/

  6. where are you based ?

    • Howzit Wayne. My workshop is on the property of Good Hope Nursery, which is outside Scarborough in Cape Town and on the road to Cape Point. It’s beautiful, peaceful, rustic country. Cheers, Patrick

  7. Hey, what you are doing is so cool, just love the idea that one can craft his own surfboard.
    Saw you’re at in the zigzag magazine!

    Were are you guys located at?

    Wynand

    • Hi Wynand, Stoked that you like the idea and thanks for the comment. My workshop is on the property of Good Hope Nursery, which is outside Scarborough in Cape Town and on the road to Cape Point. It’s beautiful, peaceful, rustic country. Let me know if you’d like to visit. Cheers, Patrick

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