Build an Enviro Wooden Surfboard

The group will be small and customised to the type of board you want to build. It will be hands-on getting dusty on a Saturday afternoon when the waves are blown out. Mark will take you step by step in building your wood board that can be glassed and surfed or hung on the wall. All tools necessary will be supplied in a safe clean environment. The whole process is environmentally friendly and handmade.

Kits are purchased separately - you could make a tide clock or shortboard or fish or mini mal or longboard in solid balsa. Purchase HERE.

Balsa surfboard shaping set or kit $400 - $700 (depending on size – this is subject to change)

Course Outline:

Week 1 – 1 pm to 2 pm – Introductory talk
2 pm to 3 pm – Hand over of kits
3 pm to 4 pm – Layout or wood and cutting wood
4 pm to 5 pm – Glue up blank

Week 2 – 1 pm to 2 pm – Remove clamps
2 pm to 3 pm – Draw plan shape on the bottom
3 pm to 4 pm – Cut out plan shape
4 pm to 5 pm – Clean up plan shape

Week 3 – 1 pm to 2 pm – Mark out deck for shaping
2 pm to 3 pm – Shaping deck
3 pm to 4 pm – Sanding deck
4 pm to 5 pm – Shaping bottom

Week 4 – 1 pm to 2 pm – Sanding bottom
2 pm to 3 pm – Shaping rails
3 pm to 4 pm – Sanding rails
4 pm to 5 pm – Finish sanding board

Week 5 – 1 pm to 2 pm – Setout fin positions
2 pm to 3 pm – Install fin systems
3 pm to 4 pm – Finish sanding
4 pm to 5 pm – Making fins

Learning Outcomes:

To have an understanding of balsawood and the environment and how normal surfboards are impacting the environment. How to use power and hand tools to achieve a great-looking wood board and one you can surf on or hang on the wall.

What to bring:

  • Covered comfortable shoes.
  • Old clothes because you may get glue or dust on them
  • Bottle of water
  • Purchase a Balsa surfboard shaping set or kit $400 - $700 (depending on size this is subject to change)

About the Tutor:

‘I have been building balsa wood surfboards since 1996. I have been importing balsa from Ecuador and Papua New Guinea for over 20 years. I send boards all over the world and they are seen in the surf and restaurants, offices, and showrooms. I am very meticulous with the finish and am a perfectionist when building wood boards. I care about the environment and want to change the physic of a mass-produced toxic board buying communities to a hand-made custom long-lasting wood board community by teaching how to build a sustainable balsawood surfboard, one board, at a time.’ Mark

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

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