Mar 212018
 

There’s nothing quite like making your own eco-friendly wooden surfboard and over the next few months I’ve added new dates to my existing 2018 wooden surfboard workshops schedule for May. Come and join me on any of the dates below, learn an age-old craft and walk away with your own beautiful surfboard. The dates are:

May workshop: Take five days and make your surfboard between 14-18 May.

May workshop: Take five days and make your surfboard between 28 May – 1 June 2018.

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.

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

Book your spot by emailing Patrick on burnett.patrick@gmail.com

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.

 

 

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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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Nov 102016
 

fishI’ll be in Cape Town central for a wood surfboard building course between 21-26 November. There will be a daytime build option, but also an evening option between 6-9pm every evening for those who work.

The final course for 2016 takes place from 5-10 December in Scarborough.

Those participating walk away from the course with their own handcrafted and very beautiful hollow wood surfboard. Have a look at this gallery to see some of the beautiful boards that have been made on courses that I’ve held.

Our wooden surfboard course 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. More information can be found here, or email Patrick at burnett.patrick@gmail.com

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Nov 132015
 

PopupWood surfboards move to the big city 16-21 November. I’ll be in Woodstock, running a workshop where we’ll build wood surfboards from scratch. The venue is The Popup Woodstock and 2 Frere Street. Anyone interested in wood surfboards is welcome to visit during the week and see how things are progressing.

I’m also open for anyone who wants to build their own bodysurfing hand plane. This is a one-day course and is a great introduction for anyone wanting to work with wood and make a functional surf craft that they can have fun with in the ocean. Visit this page for more details.

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Sep 132015
 

Looking for something to do? There’s one place left for the course that I’m running next week, that’s 21-26 September. If you want it, then it is yours.

For more information, check out my courses page for more information and have a look at the gallery of some of the boards made on the courses that I’ve been running since 2013.

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 in the ocean and there won’t be another board like it anywhere on the planet because each piece of wood is uniquely different. Its 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.

Course Pictures and Boards

DCIM100GOPROGOPR3375.
DCIM100GOPROGOPR3375.
DCIM100GOPROGOPR6687.
DCIM100GOPROGOPR6687.
DCIM100GOPROGOPR0077.
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May 102015
 

Between 7-12 April we built two 12′.6″ stand-up-paddle-boards in the Burnett Wood Surfboards workshop in Scarborough. It was a huge thrill to see these majestic boards come together in the space of six days. Check out the video below.


Apr 242015
 

It was an evening in March. The Cape had been burning, with mountain fires raging across the Peninsula. We were on the terrace of a mansion in Kommetjie watching the sun set over the Atlantic.  Craft beer was in hand while crayfish samoosas and roasted pork belly made up the nibbles. South African rap performer Jack Parow was giving  a sunset performance. That was the wrap party for the SABC 2 Afrikaans TV lifestyle show Pasella’s programme on Kommetjie, which was broadcast in late March. The programme featured my wood surfboards. You can watch the full clip below, if you’re interested.

  • Pasella, features Burnett Wood Surfboards (starts at 17 minutes, 10 seconds)

There were two funny asides to the Pasella experience. The first was when I agreed to do the programme and said confidently that speaking in Afrikaans would be no problem. Of course once I was in front of the camera it was another matter and as a result I’m the only person that speaks English in the programme. Eventually the poor producer just gave up and asked me to speak in English.

The programme was aired on a Friday night and by Monday morning I’d forgotten about it. First stop of the morning was the local hardware store. The cashier looked up at me and her face lit up as she exclaimed: “You’re the man from the television.” It was the same at the other hardware store I visited on the same day. It was a cool talking point. Anyway, enough waffling.

Mar 162015
 
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Graeme with his twin keel fish glassed in hemp and bio-resin.

Here’s a board that breaks new ground in the realm of sustainable surfboard construction.

Made by Graeme on a Burnett Wood Surfboard course, an estimated 85% of this hollow wood surfboard is made out of locally-grown wood (meaning lower transport emissions because of reduced transport emissions).

It’s glassed with natural hemp cloth from the awesome folk at The Hemporium right here in Cape Town, and glassed with Entropy Super Sap epoxy, a resin that uses a bio-based additive rather than a petroleum-based additive.

There is no such thing as a “100% green surfboard”, but using materials like those above we can significantly reduce the carbon emissions and thus environmental impact of our surf lifestyle.

One study has shown, for example, that a hollow wood surfboard has less than half the carbon emissions of a foam equivalent, and that it is without considering the added benefit of glassing with a natural material and bio-resin.

Huge credit to Graeme for being so keen to break new ground. He was sold on the idea of glassing in hemp and using the Entropy product, which had only just become available in South Africa when we glassed this board last year.

All our hollow wood boards are now being glassed and finished with Entropy resin. The use of hemp is available on request.

 

 

 

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Glassing with hemp fabric.

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Graeme building his hollow wood surfboard.

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.