Nov 262019
 

wood surfboard workshopsIf you want to take a journey from seed to sea and build your own stunning eco-friendly wooden surfboard, the wooden surfboard workshop dates for 2020 are live on this website. And if you can’t make the dates listed, just send me an email and we’ll find dates that suit you.

Making your own wooden surfboard and then surfing your creation is one of the great joys of a surfing life. You’ll be making something that is so much more than a surfboard – it’s a moment in life, an expression of creativity, a love for surfing, and a functional work of art all at once. So sign up to make something remarkable.

You don’t need DIY or woodworking experience to join one of my wooden surfboard workshops. I’ve been running workshops for six years and hundreds of people have made beautiful wooden surfboards with me with a process that everyone can follow. Both ladies and gents are welcome.

All workshops take place in the beautiful natural environment of Cape Point. My workshop borders on the Cape Point Nature Reserve, close to Scarborough and any number of world class beaches and surfing spots.

Making a wooden surfboard is an opportunity to reconnect with your hands and make a long-lasting, functional work of art. The process engages surfing’s history, alternative and more sustainable surfboard construction methods, and learning about surfboard design.

It’s a soul-level experience! Just have a look at the gallery below for proof.

Course Pictures and Boards

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As the final quarter of 2019 approaches, I have a handful of places available in the October, November and December wooden surfboard workshops that I run. The workshops – where you handcraft your own beautiful and surfable work of art starting from a pile of planks – take five days. The scheduled dates are 21-25 October 2019, 11-15 November 2019 and 2-6 December 2019. 

The last weekend workshop for the foreseeable future will also be taking place. Take five Saturdays to build your own board on 19 October and the 2, 9, 16 and 23 November.

Click here for pricing and further details.

Making a wooden surfboard is an opportunity to reconnect with your hands and make a long-lasting, functional work of art. The process engages surfing’s history, alternative and more sustainable surfboard construction methods, and learning about surfboard design.

You don’t need DIY or woodworking experience to join one of my wooden surfboard workshops. 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).

Burnett Wood Surfboards has been running workshops for six years and hundreds of people have made stunning wooden surfboards. It’s a soul-level experience! Just have a look at the gallery below for proof.

Course Pictures and Boards

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Jul 152018
 

wooden surfboard workshopsThe earliest surfers made their surfboards out of wood. Now you can too by joining one of my wooden surfboard workshops.

In the second half of 2018 I have a number of wooden surfboard workshops scheduled. Come and join me on any of the dates below and find out why there’s nothing quite like making your own eco-friendly wooden surfboard. Workshop dates are:

6-11 August 2018: Build a hollow wooden surfboard over five days OR shape your own Alaia in two days OR make a bodysurfing hand plane in one day.

wooden surfboard workshops17-22 September 2018: Build a hollow wooden surfboard over five days OR shape your own Alaia in two days OR make a bodysurfing hand plane in one day.

22-27 October 2018: Build a hollow wooden surfboard over five days OR shape your own Alaia in two days OR make a bodysurfing hand plane in one day.

3-8 December 2018: Build a hollow wooden surfboard over five days OR shape your own Alaia in two days OR make a bodysurfing hand plane in one day.

For more information, including the available board shapes to choose from, please click on this link. 

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Book your spot on any of these wooden surfboard workshops by emailing Patrick on burnett.patrick@gmail.com or phoning me on 073 232 3043

The wooden surfboard workshops take participants through all the aspects of building a wood surfboard. The workshops 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.

Have a look at the the epic picture gallery below for some of the amazing boards built on the workshops I’ve held.

Course Pictures and Boards

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Feb 262018
 

Wooden surfboard building in a workshop with Burnett Wood Surfboards.Build your own beautiful wooden surfboard

Over five Saturdays in April and May, I’ll be running a wooden surfboard building workshop in my Scarborough workshop. The weekend workshop is perfect for people who want to build their own wooden surfboard but can’t take a week off work to get it done.

The dates are 7, 14 and 21 April, and 19 and 26 May. Contact Patrick on burnett.patrick@gmail.com or 073 232 3043 if you’re interested.

What anyone who attends one of my wood surfboard workshops 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.

Wooden surfboard building in a workshop with Burnett Wood Surfboards.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.

For more information, please visit the full courses page on my website where you’ll find everything you need in terms of board shapes, costs and a picture gallery of boards made on my workshops.

 

 

Nov 122017
 

Wooden surfboard workshops, wooden surfboard, hollow wooden surfboardI’ve just released the 2018 dates for the wooden surfboard workshops I hold where people can build their own beautiful wooden surfboards.

This is the fifth straight year I’ve been running the wooden surfboard workshops and I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing the beautiful surfboards that they make.

In 2018, I’m adding to the available workshop options over the dates advertised. People can book in for the traditional wooden surfboard experience that takes five days, where they start out with a pile of planks and end up with a finished wooden surfboard.

In addition, I’m also offering a two day option where people can shape their own finless alaia over two days and learn about what went into the making of this Hawaiian surf craft from hundreds of years ago.

Finally, there is also the one-day option where people can build-your-own bodysurfing hand plane.

For more information on the courses, including the available board shapes to choose from, the scheduled dates and costs, please click on this link. Feel free to email Patrick on burnett.patrick@gmail.com with questions and check out the epic picture gallery below for some of the amazing boards built on the workshops.

Course Pictures and Boards

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A beautiful fish made recently in a workshop.

(Post update: 12/11/2017: Workshops for the rest of 2017 are fully booked. Please check out the 2018 course schedule for the next available dates). With the end of 2017 fast approaching, there are two opportunities remaining in 2017 to finish the year on a high by building your own beautiful handcrafted wooden surfboard. The dates for the build your own wood surfboard workshops are 20-25 November and 4-9 December. In these times you can join me in my workshop and learn the craft of wooden surfboard building. Three-day options are also available. Hundreds of years ago the first surfers made their boards out of wood; now you can too.

Email Patrick through burnett.patrick@gmail.com to book your place or call me on 073 232 3043 Please click on this link for information on the workshop, board shapes, prices and more.

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Building a wooden surfboard on a workshop.

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

Check out the gallery below of people who have built their own boards with me:

 

Course Pictures and Boards

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Oct 082017
 

I’ve recently released a new edition of my ultimate DIY package for surfers. It’s a surfboard kit containing everything you need to build a wooden surfboard by yourself. The kit comes with an online resource guide that takes you from the start to the finish of the process and includes hundreds of photographs, videos and an instruction manual. This is the perfect project for surfers looking for a DIY project, for fathers and sons who want to do a project together, and it makes for a special present.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SURFBOARD KIT, including the available board shapes, what is and isn’t supplied with the kit, prices and more.

Free shipping countrywide (South Africa) on all orders made in October and November 2017.

Jul 232017
 

eco-friendly wooden surfboard, wooden surfboard, hollow wooden surfboardComing up at the end of August and into September is the only chance available in 2017 to build your own beautiful wooden surfboard over a weekend. This is for everyone who has always wanted to do their own wooden surfboard but cannot take time off work.

The workshop will take place every Saturday from 26 August for six Saturdays, making the last Saturday of the workshop the 23 September. During the six days, participants will start out with a pile of planks, choose their shape and eco-friendly wooden surfboard, wooden surfboard, hollow wooden surfboardhow they want the wood on their surfboard to look, and begin building it from scratch. They’ll shape the finished wooden structure and take it through to the finely finished wooden surfboard.

In the process, they’ll learn about the history and modern-day rejuvenation of wooden surfboards, about surfboard design elements such as shape, rocker and rails, the

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Fish, egg, single fin, mini-malibu and longboard shapes are available to choose from.

This workshop will take place in my Scarborough workshop. Places are very limited and I only have two, possibly three, places so if you are keen please send me an email on burnett.patrick@gmail.com or give me a call on 073 232 3043.

For more information on the workshops that I have offered since 2013 please visit the following page. There’s also a gallery of some of the boards that have been built by workshop participants: Click here to have a look!

BOOKINGS ARE ALSO OPEN FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!

 

May 272017
 

wooden surfboard life lessonsTen years ago I made my first wooden surfboard. It was the start of a journey that has changed – and is still changing – my life, and it’s motivated me to write this post about wooden surfboard life lessons. What’s fascinated me along the way, as I’ve learnt and thought about what I do, is the process of craft, and what life lessons it teaches. It’s a concept that draws into itself a great deal, and I’ve come to believe that it can tell us much about who we are and the society we live in.  Here are eight points I’ve noticed in myself and those that have built boards with me in the wooden surfboard workshops I run:

IT’S ALL CONNECTED:  As we strive towards lessening our impact on the planet, and as surfers to ride craft that connect us to the natural energy of the oceans, I find myself marvelling at the connections between the boards I make and the oceans I love. In the grain of a piece of wood I see the origins of a swell starting in the deep ocean and fanning out towards us. Taking wood to water almost feels like I’m closing a circle – the storms bring us waves to surf, but they also bring water for the trees and help to form the growing patterns and grains that we marvel at. See the connections!

wooden surfboard life lessonsFEEL THE RHYTHYM: More philosophically is the connection between a sense of craft and the ocean. It’s  almost as if the natural process of working with your hands making a timber surfboard is perfectly matched to the rhythms of swell passing underneath you as you sit on your board. It makes me feel at peace when I can find that same rhythm in the workshop as I can find in the sea. Both activities force me to slow down. The lessons are a sense of timing, a deeper patience and making the right movements at the right time.

TRANSFORMATIVE CREATIVITY: It’s amazing how people work with their hands, and the inherent creativity that we all seem to have. I see it time and again in the workshops I run. For many people it is a creativity that they rarely, if ever, get to express. Mostly the opportunity to express this is a passing satisfaction. Sometimes it can lead to the beginning of a hobby or the search for an outlet that meets this need. And sometimes it’s a cathartic experience and unlocks very powerful emotions about who they are and what they want to do. It’s that powerful. If you feel the need to create, on whatever level, get out there and do it. It could change your life.

wooden surfboard life lessonsSKIN IN THE GAME: I find it moving how much of someone goes into what they’re making. It’s almost as if the surfboard they make is infused with a little bit of their soul. That object is just an object, yes, but on another level it has meaning – it represents a place in their lives, something they haven’t done before and they care deeply about it. The board becomes a part of, or an extension, of themselves. They care about it and they care about the outcome. They have skin in the game. When it comes to bigger picture issues, like environmental protection, how can ‘skin in the game’ be used as a concept to involve people beyond the abstract? I’m suggesting that we need to find ways for people to get invested in causes, to care on a deeper level about the world around them.

SOUL SPACE: Many ancient civilisations saw the concept of ‘soul’ extending to all inanimate objects. Yet it often leaves me cold when I’m in an institutional environment like a bank. I look around me at everything that has been made with machines, clinically clean. I’m struck by what soulless places have been created. It’s hard to find that love and passion went into these environments, into the objects we’re surrounded with. Everything has been reduced to numbers. What would happen if, like some ancient cultures, objects were seen with passion and love. How might our spaces change? How might our outlook on the natural world change? What would that mean for us?

wooden surfboard life lessonsIT’S OURS TO CLAIM: Maybe there’s been a slow, insipid creeping of things that are done for us in our daily lives and work which means that we don’t have to think, or that we think differently. Sitting in front of a computer, we’re told by a computer programme when we do something that we can’t or aren’t supposed to do, getting into our cars we’re told to put our seatbelts on, we’re told when to go and when to stop. Making something for yourself claims back a bit of the space in one sense. In another sense, it establishes a relationship between your mind and your hands which is lost in modern society.

IT’S ALL IN THE HANDS: Anne Frank wrote that the final forming of a persons character lies in their own hands. I’d like to interpret that in a different way and say that through working with our hands, character is formed. I say that because I think there’s an undervalued kind of “practical intellectualism” that goes into making something with your hands. Confronted with a problem, you’re forced to establish a connection between your mind and your hands. You think about the approach to the problem and then you enact the solution that you hope will work. It’s great learning and it forces you to face character traits and biases that influence your approach. When your solution doesn’t work or the outcome is not as good as expected, you have to face up to the reasons for that, whether it be impatience, distractedness or carelessness. And if you want to get better, you have to change.

THE MOMENT IS NOW: When you’re making something with your hands, on nearly every level, you have to be in the moment making decisions for yourself – and if you get it wrong it’s hard and you have to learn. That teaches humility. It teaches you to slow down and to work in the moment, and that brings a kind of peace that we are seldom able to access in our busy daily lives. It’s very similar to catching a wave, that rare moment when time stands still.

 

 

 

 

Feb 012017
 
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From 20-25 February 2017 I’ll be back in the relaxed surf town of Cape St.Francis for a workshop that will share the stoke that comes with building and surfing your own wooden surfboard.

From 20-25 February 2017 I’ll be back in the relaxed surf town of Cape St.Francis for a workshop that will share the stoke that comes with building and surfing your own wooden surfboard.

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

Anyone interested can sign up for the scheduled six-day workshop option where you start out with a pile of planks and finish up with a one-of-a-kind wooden surfboard. If you don’t have the time for six days, don’t worry – then there is a three-day option that still gets you a wooden surfboard.

The workshop takes 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.

For more information, please visit the following page where you’ll find details of available boards, costs, and a gallery of previous workshop boards.

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Three beautiful wooden surfboards built from scratch in a Burnett Wooden surfboards workshop.

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A recent workshop where these three guys built their own wooden surfboards.