Happy surfer folk continue to build their own wooden surfboards in the wood surfboard workshops at Burnett Wood Surfboards, despite the The Covid pandemic. I’ve hosted a number of workshops and some beautiful wooden surfboards have been made. In a sense, with Covid doing its best to keep us human beings apart, I have appreciated […]
“If you make it with your hands, then you’ll come to understand,” sings Jeremy Loops in his hit song Mortal Man. Now if ever there was a line perfectly matched to making your own wooden surfboard, then this would be it, and so it was a great pleasure to host Jeremy Loops in the workshop. […]
Ten 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.
Matthew Kramer was a participant of the first wooden surfboards course that I ran in 2013. Earlier this year I caught up with him for a surf – he subsequently wrote a very articulate account of what his wooden surfboard had meant to him over the years.
Building a hollow wood surfboard is about discovering the craftsman that is in all of us, about re-engaging the mind with the physical world and rediscovering the natural rhythms of our hands in creating something functional and beautiful.
With some exceptions, surfers don’t seem very concerned about the toxicity of the surfboards they ride. I fear that the environment as a driver of choice isn’t as high on the agenda as it could or should be. Which doesn’t mean that we’re not on the right path.