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

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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.




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 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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5′.7″ twin-keel custom fish.

 

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.