Dec 052016
 

The 2017 hollow wooden surfboard course dates are out. You can view them below and there is also more information available on the courses page of this website. You can also scroll down to see some of the pictures of the surfboards built over the last four years.

In 2016, I held courses in Scarborough, Cape Town, Cape St. Francis and Durban. In 2017 I’ll be doing the same in an effort to make the courses more accessible to people around the country.

Please contact me on on 073 232 3043 if you have any questions, or email me on burnett.patrick@gmail.com

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: The 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.

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.

COURSE PICTURE GALLERY

Course Pictures and Boards

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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!

May 312015
 

Growing up opposite Kalk Bay Reef, I learnt to surf the infamous False Bay slab in my teen years as a kneeboarder. Later, in my early twenties I started stand up surfing and had to learn to negotiate the steep drop anew, this time on my backhand. I chewed quite a bit of reef on that particular learning curve. Twenty years later, I’ve been surfing the reef again over the last year, and especially in the lead up to winter. This time it’s with a variety of self-shaped bodysurfing hand planes. It’s been a great experience back dooring the peak with only a small piece of wood to surf on. I also acquired a GoPro a few months ago, so the video below is my first stab at using it. Enjoy – and if you’re interested in shaping your own hand plane, have a look at the hand plane page on my site and sign up for the next course, or order a custom plane.


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.




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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6′.8″ single fin.

9′.8″ longboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5′.7″ twin-keel custom fish.

 

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Picture: Dougal Paterson, www.dougalpaterson.com

All our hollow wood surfboards are now being glassed with Entropy Super Sap bioresin. This is a first for wood surfboards in South Africa and increases the already sound environmental credentials of the wood boards we produce.

Traditional epoxies mostly use petroleum based materials, but Entropy claims to use “biobased renewable materials sourced as co-products or from waste streams of other industrial processes, such as wood pulp and bio-fuels production”. They claim a 50% minimum reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions and say that the “green chemistry” eliminates harmful by-products and reduces power and water consumption. Continue reading »

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Picture: Dougal Paterson, www.dougalpaterson.com

Out in a packed line-up recently and the only surfer on a wooden surfboard, I jokingly quipped that everyone else was destroying the planet. “Aren’t we all,” came a cynical reply. The answer to that comment is, yes we are.

News circulated last year about a green surfboard verification programme. The initiative comes from Southern California outfit Sustainable Surf, a non-profit start-up NGO. A report on the initiative notes that petroleum, polyurethane, polyester resin, polystyrene foam, PVC and many other substances are still being widely used to produce surf gear and equipment. Tell us something we don’t already know. Continue reading »

May 272014
 
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Some of the amazing Triton tools now powering the making of my hollow wood surfboards.

Triton Tools power up Burnett Wood Surfboards

This is a story about a man who asked a man about another man. The asked man phoned a third man that he knew, who just happened to be with the man that the first man was asking about. The two men spoke. They arranged to meet and the man drove in his car to go and see the man that he had been asking about.

Okay, the point I’m trying to make is that it might not have happened. Without a network of people who knew other people, with different timing and a whole range of other factors, if there had been a break in the chain above, perhaps things wouldn’t have come together like they did. I’m glad that they did.

After that initial meeting, the man went away. A while later, another man came along and had a look at my workshop and what I’m doing making hollow wood surfboards. He asked a few questions, went away and then a few weeks later another man arrived in a car packed with boxes, which he handed over to me. Continue reading »

Mar 052014
 

The first Burnett Wood Surfboards course ran in May 2013 (click here if you want to know more about our build your own board course offering). Attending that course was Patrick Young, who built a beautiful hollow wood 6′.4″ egg. Last week he was back, this time to build a twin keel fish. I watched with great excitement as the board came together. It’s really satisfying to see someone engaging with their board, getting to know it, and seeing it taking shape before their eyes. Even though it’s nearly a year later, Patrick had clearly put the lessons learned during the first board to good use, because the fish he has made is a stunner. Pictures, all taken by Patrick Young during the build, are in the gallery below.

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Feb 132014
 

The end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 was busy, busy. I was fortunate to have some amazing custom board orders. These are pictures of hollow wood surfboards made by Burnett Wood Surfboards towards the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. Thanks to the wonderful customers I had who put in their orders and waited patiently for delivery.

Latest Boards 2013/2014

Hollow wood surfboards made by Burnett Wood Surfboards around the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014.