“I want to present the view that our existence is a gift…Earth is a thriving organism, and it’s an incredible occurrence of events that produces this place.” Surf film-maker Thomas Campbell, as quoted in The Surfer’s Journal, Volume 18, Number 2 Wow! It’s been a busy start to 2016 and it’s hard to believe that the first three months of the year are gone. Here in Cape Town, March/April is always a special time of year as the seasons change. Early mornings and evenings have a nip in the air. There’s a real sense of anticipation that winter is coming, and along with winter the hoped-for conveyer belts of swell that hit our coastline. In the first three months of 2016, we’ve built open water stand-up paddle boards, numerous custom hollow wood surfboard orders, and run hollow wooden surfboard-building and wooden hand plane courses. Apart from usual business I also had a trip to Cologne in Germany where I shaped a wooden surfboard for Triton Tools as part of a demo. Below are some photos taken in this period.