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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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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Jul 232017
 

eco-friendly wooden surfboard, wooden surfboard, hollow wooden surfboardComing up at the end of August and into September is the only chance available in 2017 to build your own beautiful wooden surfboard over a weekend. This is for everyone who has always wanted to do their own wooden surfboard but cannot take time off work.

The workshop will take place every Saturday from 26 August for six Saturdays, making the last Saturday of the workshop the 23 September. During the six days, participants will start out with a pile of planks, choose their shape and eco-friendly wooden surfboard, wooden surfboard, hollow wooden surfboardhow they want the wood on their surfboard to look, and begin building it from scratch. They’ll shape the finished wooden structure and take it through to the finely finished wooden surfboard.

In the process, they’ll learn about the history and modern-day rejuvenation of wooden surfboards, about surfboard design elements such as shape, rocker and rails, the

eco-friendly wooden fish surfboard, wooden surfboard, hollow wooden surfboardenvironmental benefits of wooden surfboards, and about working with wood.

Fish, egg, single fin, mini-malibu and longboard shapes are available to choose from.

This workshop will take place in my Scarborough workshop. Places are very limited and I only have two, possibly three, places so if you are keen please send me an email on burnett.patrick@gmail.com or give me a call on 073 232 3043.

For more information on the workshops that I have offered since 2013 please visit the following page. There’s also a gallery of some of the boards that have been built by workshop participants: Click here to have a look!

BOOKINGS ARE ALSO OPEN FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!

 

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.

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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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: