Apr 262017
 

Triton_Masters_of_Wood_Comp_AprilAnyone that has been in my workshop will have seen and quite likely worked with some of the amazing Triton Tools that I have in my possession. Which is why you should seriously consider entering a competition that the brand is currently running and stand a chance to win some epic power tools.

By creating a simple plan or instructions and submitting it to one of the competition categories – Kid’s Project, Beginner Project, Intermediate Project, Advanced Project or Masters of Wood Project – you could win a Full TWX7 WorkCentre package with every module available (Clamping table , Router table plus TRA router, Contractor Saw and Project Saw). For the overall Masters Of Wood winner they get every Triton tool we sell in their country including the WorkCentre.

The competition is open to anyone in North America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Read the full competition brief here.

Mar 142017
 

 

Patrick Burnett of Burnett Wood Surfboards with a course student in his workshop in Cape Town, November 2016.

Patrick Burnett of Burnett Wood Surfboards with a course student in his workshop in Cape Town, November 2016. Photo: Eric Nathan

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From 17-22 April 2017 I’ll be in Durban for a workshop that will share the stoke that comes with building and surfing your own wooden surfboard.

Those participating in the Durban wooden surfboard workshop walk away from the course with their own handcrafted and very beautiful hollow wooden 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 wooden 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. Contact Patrick on 073 232 3043 or burnett.patrick@gmail.com for bookings.

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Two mini-malibus made on a workshop with Burnett Wood Surfboards.

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An 8′ mini-malibu made on a workshop with Burnett Wood Surfboards.

Nov 012016
 
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Matthew Kramer styles the light fantastic on his wooden surfboard. Photo: Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox

Matthew Kramer was a participant of the first wooden surfboards course that I ran in 2013. Earlier this year I caught up with him for a surf – he subsequently wrote a very articulate account of what his wooden surfboard had meant to him over the years. It was published on Wavescape and I’m re-publishing it below. Thanks to Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox from Capture the Moment for the stunning pictures.

“When I paddled out at Llandudno for one of the first sessions on my freshly built wood surfboard I threw the board down onto the water in the shallows, slid onto it and started paddling, half expecting it to sink. It didn’t. In fact, it paddled nicely, the extra weight of the board making it glide swiftly and smoothly through the water.

I spotted Robby McDonald from Vudu Surf in the lineup and as I paddled over he turned to me and with his usual effortless wit called out, “What’s that you’re riding boetie, the old front door?” We had a good chuckle and pretty soon after that our attention was pulled back to the ocean and the task of catching some waves.

Since that day the “old front door” has had a remarkable impact on my world. I am constantly amazed and inspired by what this wood board can handle and what it can do. I’ve ridden this one board in a variety of conditions from mushy one foot Muizenberg to pumping Llands barrels and I have yet to find the limits of where it can work and bring me joy.

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“What I have learned from this wood board, apart from a better bottom turn, is that although there are limits to what we can do in this life there are options and sometimes the smallest decision can have a powerful effect.” Photo: Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox

I built the board on a course with Patrick from Burnett Wood Surfboards and the experience of building my own board and then riding it is a huge component of the profound effect I have felt. I cannot recommend building your own surf craft highly enough and I feel it is something every surfer should do at least once.

Riding this board makes me feel I have earned my place in the sea. I feel initiated. I know the cost and the impact of getting to ride the wave. I know what’s inside this thing, just how much effort, love and attention to detail is engrained in its make up, and I’m going to take a great deal of care to ensure that it stays with me as long as possible. I also know that am going to make another one.

Like most surfers, I’ve ridden commercially produced surfboards most of my life and I’ve loved it. Surfing is a gift no matter how it comes to you. I think if everybody surfed there’d be a lot less road rage and nasty business out there. Who would want to be dropping bombs or delivering hurt when there’s a crisp offshore wind and the waves are perfect and you just know there’s a few with your name on them? Well I know what I would choose. I’ve ridden foam and fibreglass boards most of my life.

In fact in recent years I’ve been going through them at a rate. I ride them until they are finished, they reach a point where they will snap repeatedly and at that point it becomes cheaper to buy a new board and not have to keep paying for repairs. But every time I send another board to landfill I feel regret, not for the loss of a board but because I know that I am contributing to the mountain of toxic crap that is bleeding into the earth, poisoning and degrading our biosphere.

As wave riders we are ocean lovers by default. I have a love for the ocean that goes way deeper than just appreciating what it offers me as a surfer. That is something that most water men and women will understand.

The ocean offers us a very tangible and visible example of an ecosystem as a singular entity. The ocean lives, breathes, shifts and changes constantly just like any other organism. It’s easy to see it as a living being and I want to treat it as I would any other living creature, with the respect that it deserves. For me that means being mindful of my relationship with the ocean – what impact it is having and how I can work to better that relationship.

I understand that my actions alone will change very little in this world and any way, I’m over wanting to change it. I’m reminded of a classic line from Detective Velcoro, “My strong suspicion is that we get the world we deserve.”

I believe that Mother Nature will balance the scales one way or another with or without our help. For my part the question is, “what am I going to do to make it all OK for myself today?” And today the answer to that question is to engage in what I love with honor, respect and dignity. I’m putting that toxic shit behind me. I’ll use it where I have to, where I have no choice, but I’ll always be looking for an alternative.

And for now that’s good enough for me, knowing that the blind and unconscious use of disposable, poisonous crap for the sake of convenience is in the past.

I’m not a professional surfer. As far as my value system is concerned I now see that it is more important for me to ride a board that is made from materials that are biodegradable and non toxic than it is to shave five hundred grams from the final weight of my board. In the choice of saving five hundred Rands today versus five hundred years of leaching toxic chemicals into land and sea there is no choice. Besides, I’ve seen more improvement in my surfing while riding my wood board than any performance board I’ve ever had.

What I have learned from this wood board, apart from a better bottom turn, is that although there are limits to what we can do in this life there are options and sometimes the smallest decision can have a powerful effect. I am connected to the the ocean. I am a part of something greater than myself, and I now see that we can only truly care for something when we are a part of it.

It took building and riding a wooden surfboard for me to understand that.”

Oct 092016
 

wooden surfboard courseLast week I was in my workshop in Cape Point, near the southern most point of Africa. By the weekend I was in another hemisphere, in Farnborough, somewhere south-east of London. The mission was to shape a hollow wooden surfboard at the Triton Tools stand at the ScrewFix Live exhibition being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Farnborough Exhibition Centre.

The event was packed solid for three days. Meeting and talking to so many people about wooden surfboards and my wooden surfboard course offering was really exciting. It was great to meet so many UK surfers who were interested in the boards. Surfers are obviously interested in wooden surfboards and how they are made, but what I also find fascinating is how non-surfers relate to them and are intrigued by the way they are made, the time that it takes and the craft that goes into them.

I’ve found that they are a great wooden surfboard courseconversation starter for anyone that works with wood on any level, and I’ve certainly learnt a lot from people who make other things and are willing to share their experiences.

Great news for anyone in the UK is that Triton Tools are running a competition where people can sign up to be in line to win a trip to South Africa to attend a course with me where they will build their own eco-friendly hollow wooden surfboard. It’s an amazing prize so if you’re a surfer in the UK, or even just interested in surfing and how to make your own wooden surfboard, keep an eye on the Triton Tools website and this website. The competition is currently being promoted at their UK shows but will also be posted on their website in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

Sep 122016
 

In 2015, I was very fortunate to have an incredibly talented group of photographers and editors make a short video about what I do at Burnett Wood Surfboards. The film contains some beautiful images of the land and ocean around where my workshop is in Cape Town, and it’s a story about the journey from making wooden boards in the workshop to intimately engaging with the cold Atlantic here on the southern tip of the great continent of Africa. Check out the video below:


 

 

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Three of the four guys on the Durban course with the boards that they built.

At 4am on a Saturday morning two weeks ago, my car jam-packed with everything needed to run a wooden surfboard course for four guys, I set out from Cape Town to make the 1,700km drive to Durban.

Plan A had been to take a slow drive up the East Coast over several days, stopping along the way to surf. Vic Bay. Seals. J-Bay. Plan A didn’t even get off the table due to work commitments, family and the like. Plan B kicked in: pack the hell up and brave the deep Karoo road to Durban via Bloemfontein. It’s not often that I venture away from the sea. Only in emergencies.

I was thrilled to be travelling to Durban, however, to share the stoke of wooden surfboard building. When I first started offering courses, there were a few guys from Durban who got in touch asking me to hold a course in South Africa’s surf capital. Why not? Surfing is so much about the crazy things; taking a chance on a surf trip, daring a late drop, not knowing what is going to happen and how things are going to work out. And this trip had the feel of a crazy surf trip, even through I was in the middle of the Karoo.

Durban was lush. Rolling green hills, thick green forests and sparkling ocean. For winter, it’s like a warm bath during the day, with a shot from the cold water tap in the morning and evening. Shorts and a t-shirt.

Meeting Sean, Pat, Jason and Sam on the Monday morning I knew we were going to have a great week. Everyone, including myself was wide-eyed keen as we began building the four boards for the week, a longboard and three fish. I love watching guys put their boards together and see their appreciation for the shape they’re making grow, and their sense of ownership over what they’re doing unfold. It’s a real privilege.

I hadn’t planned to surf, but the crew took pity on me and Sean took me down to the beach for a baggie session just before I began the long drive home. What a treat. Warm water, golden beaches, hills covered in greenery, clear water. The stoke from that surf got me all the way to land-locked Bethlehem on the drive home, 500km from Durban in the Free State. That only left 1200km to drive the next day.

Dec 082015
 
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TAKE THE DROP ON A WOODEN BOARD: Build your own hollow wooden surfboard in 2016 by signing up for a course with Burnett Wood Surfboards. Picture: DANIEL GREBE, https://www.facebook.com/grebephoto

2016 will be the fourth year that I’m offering wooden surfboard building courses where participants build their own hollow wooden surfboards and there are some exciting additions to the line-up. Click here to check out the schedule.

In addition to my regular Cape Town wooden surfboard building course, I’ll be running courses in Durban and Cape St. Francis to meet requests from guys that want to build their own board but can’t get away to Cape Town. I’m really excited about taking the wooden surfboard courses to different locations and meeting a whole bunch of new people.

Secondly, during 2016 I’ll be running courses at my Scarborough workshop, but will also be hosting regular courses in Woodstock so that it is easier for people in central Cape Town and the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town to attend. As part of the Woodstock courses there will also be evening classes.

Thirdly, in addition to the popular hollow wooden surfboard course builds, people can also sign up for the day-long course to build their own bodysurfing hand plane. And we also have a range of SUPs that can be built on a course.

I have not made any price increases this year, despite the escalating costs of a number of materials. In addition, the 5% discount that I had last year for bookings made three months in advance is still in place.

The schedule is HERE. BOOK NOW!

Make it! Surf it!

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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Aug 092015
 

There are only 10 places left!

That’s the official number of people that I can accommodate for wood surfboard courses between now and the end of the year, so if you want to build your own beautiful hollow wood surfboard then check out the courses page on my website and get in touch about booking your place. Early bird discounts apply.

The number of people who have built boards with me is now approaching 100. It’s something I would never have predicted when I started making wood boards in my garage in 2007.

The courses have been running since 2013. From the beginning, I have been stoked to see other people build their own surfboards and see their creativity and innate hand skill come to life through the construction of beautiful wood surfboard shapes. I’m really grateful to everyone that has signed up – I have learnt a tremendous amount and met some amazing people.

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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Jul 212015
 

wooden surfboards, wood surfboards, hollow wood surfboardsIt’s been six months and I’m feeling settled in my new wood surfboard workshop space on Good Hope Garden Nursery property outside Scarborough.

I’ve always loved this country and feel so at home. The door of my workshop looks out on a section of Cape Point Nature Reserve and behind my backdoor is wild mountain and fynbos.

The last few days the baboons have been on the hunt for food and have had to be chased off – a reminder of wild nature on our doorstep.

And although the surf is close, I’m managing to be remarkably productive with plenty of made-to-order boards being built, and courses running regularly over the last few months.

 

 

 

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Above are three course participants from the last three months. Andrew, Tony and Ant. They built stunning boards.

20150608_150043Pictured right is the first 12′.6″ open water stand-up paddle board that was built on a course in April. These are incredible boards to build and majestic to cruise on lakes, rivers or calm ocean.

The shots below are of bodysurfing hand planes – I love using up my offcuts to make these items. They’re now for sale and shipping anywhere in South Africa is free.

Lastly, I’m also making wooden paddles. We have a limited number in stock and also make to order.

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