Oct 152018
 

As 2018 draws rapidly to a close there are very limited places left in the wooden surfboard workshops I run. I’ve added  a 19-23 November wooden surfboard workshop to the schedule in order to accommodate someone who could not make any other time, and so there are two spots available during these dates.

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

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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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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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.

 

 

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 182017
 

Running wooden surfboard courses where people come into my workshop and build their own stunning surfboards has been hands down the most rewarding part of making wooden surfboards. I’m constantly stunned at the surfboards people make, and I’m fascinated at how everyone – no matter whether they are a novice or experienced woodworker – has an inherent sense of craft and need to make with their hands. After five years of running courses, I still get goosebumps! Below is an updated picture gallery of some of the people who have joined me. Not everyone is there as on some occasions I forget to take pictures or lost them, but THANK-YOU ONE AND ALL!!!

Course Pictures and Boards

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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.