My good mate Stuart Bywater will be running his next wooden surfboard building workshop at the end of August 2016. It's a 4 Day Wooden Surfboard Class run on August 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th.
Each day commences at 8 am and finishes at 5 pm. The workshop includes the full assembly and gluing of the frame, gluing of the top and bottom skins, shaping the rails, fin placement, and sanding. At the end of the workshop your board will be ready for glassing. If you've always wanted to build a board but the process seemed a little daunting, then this workshop is for you. Stuart is a master craftsman and excellent teacher so you'll be in capable hands.
Here's a few photos from the May 2016 workshop.
All the ribs have been laser cut ready for each board. Saves heaps of time.
All the deck and bottom skins, rail bands machined and ready, there is allot of work to get this done.
Laying out all the pieces of the puzzle.
Ribs in and rail bands added. Hi-tech light weight clamps that do the job and that is all you need.
Now it looks like a surfboard board coming together.
Loosen all the clamps and check out your efforts.
Time to glue up the timber skins and any detail pieces for pin lines. Jeff & Brad are very happy and Tim hasn't stop smiling with his progress.
Jeff & Brad are very happy with the deck skin glue up and all those pin lines.
This is the tail block shaped from a solid piece of Paulownia.
This was the end of day one.
Day two was about getting the frames sorted and the boys look pretty pleased.
So now it is about blending all those curves for a smooth transition so that the top and bottom skins sit nice and snug with no lumps.
Skins are on, packing tape holding it all in place and then in the bag to pull it all together.
The vacuum bagging is the best clamp you can ever use for this as it is an even pressure on all surfaces and no heavy clamps pulling it out of shape. All lined up ready for a sleep over.
End of Day Three.
Brad from Armidale is keeping a nice 50/50 rail on his board.
Jed from the Goldie is making sure he has a good nose rocker for those late ones at Burleigh.
Shane is doing his final shaping of the nose. Yep, he hasn't stopped smiling for the last 4 days.
Sanding is always dusty, but Rod is still smiling...somewhere underneath that mask.
G is on the final stretch and warming up fast.
Brad sanding out his rails.
Jeff told me that this was one of the best weekends he has ever had. Jeff came and did the class with his son Brad.
The May class of 2016
Tim, Brad, Jeff, Ray, G man, Jed, Dale, Shane, Ron. Special thanks to David and Michael for their expertise this weekend.