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!!!

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Oct 082017
 

I’ve recently released a new edition of my ultimate DIY package for surfers. It’s a surfboard kit containing everything you need to build a wooden surfboard by yourself. The kit comes with an online resource guide that takes you from the start to the finish of the process and includes hundreds of photographs, videos and an instruction manual. This is the perfect project for surfers looking for a DIY project, for fathers and sons who want to do a project together, and it makes for a special present.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SURFBOARD KIT, including the available board shapes, what is and isn’t supplied with the kit, prices and more.

Free shipping countrywide (South Africa) on all orders made in October and November 2017.

Sep 122017
 

Surfing wooden surfboards is one of the most satisfying parts of making and/or owning one. There’s nothing like feeling the wood under your feet or looking at the beautiful grain while you are waiting for a wave. Here are a few pictures that I’ve collected over the years. A huge thanks to all the photographers and surfers.

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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

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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!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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From 20-25 February 2017 I’ll be back in the relaxed surf town of Cape St.Francis for a workshop that will share the stoke that comes with building and surfing your own wooden surfboard.

From 20-25 February 2017 I’ll be back in the relaxed surf town of Cape St.Francis for a workshop that will share the stoke that comes with building and surfing your own wooden surfboard.

Those participating walk away from the course with their own handcrafted and very beautiful hollow wood 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 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.

For more information, please visit the following page where you’ll find details of available boards, costs, and a gallery of previous workshop boards.

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Three beautiful wooden surfboards built from scratch in a Burnett Wooden surfboards workshop.

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A recent workshop where these three guys built their own wooden surfboards.

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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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