Thursday, April 5, 2018

Learn some new skills or perfect what you know.

Announcing upcoming courses and the perfect project for whittlers.

Make Your Own Japanese Plane

Master Carpenter and Teacher Hiroshi Yamaguchi visits Sydney.


Hiroshi Yamaguchi is a trained Japanese woodworker and teacher who moved to Canberra in 2012. Since then he has furthered his craft by working in furniture shops in the ACT before opening his own woodworking school, bringing the craft of traditional Japanese carpentry to both experienced and beginner woodworkers in Australia.

JTA is pleased to announce that Hiroshi-san will be holding a five day course in Kogarah, Sydney in June. Christian undertook this course in Hiroshi's workshop in Canberra several years ago and has been raving about it ever since.

The five days take in a detailed journey across two weekends, including the June long weekend. The first weekend begins with participants receiving their high-quality chisel purchased from Inoue Hamono, a small specialist store for professional woodworkers in Tokyo. Hiroshi then instructs the students on fitting the ferule of the chisel, flattening the back of the blade and sharpening the bevel. Students also receive their new plane blade and tune it to a fine finish, all on traditional Japanese waterstones.

Once students' chisels and plane blades are tuned and ready for work, the long weekend is spent selecting a blank, marking out the required openings and making a perfect custom dai for the plane blade. Hiroshi's guidance comes into its own as a tuned Japanese plane emerges from the block of timber you carefully select, capable of taking beautiful shavings.

The cost of the workshop is $850 including all materials and students finish with their tuned chisel, hand-made plane and a wealth of knowledge and experience about these wonderful tools. Places are unfortunately limited, though a spot can be secured with a deposit. For full details please visit the course's booking page Here


Learn the Art of Sharpening

The Illawarra Woodwork School and Total Tools Fairy Meadow are combining forces to deliver the ultimate sharpening workshop.

Master studio woodworker Stuart Montague established the Illawarra Woodwork School to pass on his love and knowledge of the craft. Later this month Stuart will be running a one-day course on sharpening - and only sharpening. The Illawarra Woodwork School has teamed up with Total Tools Fairy Meadow to roll out the full range of sharpening options, from Tormeks to Veritas guides and, of course, Japanese water stones.

At $90 with lunch provided, it promises to be an informative day of hands-on experience sharpening every kind of tool - and you can bring your own, so be sure that you pack as many as you can! If you've been thinking of exploring your sharpening options but feel overwhelmed by choice, this workshop is the perfect opportunity.

Try out whatever sharpening tools you like on the actual edges you use most often in the shop. Our premium Cerax water stones will be there, so be sure to run a few tools across those. Click here for the event flyer, or call Stuart Montague to book a spot on 0438510145.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Layne Beachley surfboard raffle - raising funds to save our reefs!


You have the chance to win a unique, handcrafted, wooden ‘Tree to Sea’ surfboard, autographed by 7-time surfing world champion, Layne Beachley.

The story starts with Tania Kenyon, who was awarded a Layne Beachley Foundation 'Aim for the Stars' scholarship in 2017. Aim for the Stars offers ambitious and dedicated women an opportunity to receive financial scholarships and mentoring support to help them achieve their dreams. Tania received this scholarship for her PhD research in coral reef research at UQ and for her volunteer work and aspirations with Reef Check Australia, an environmental charity empowering Australians to protect their reefs and oceans. Wanting to raise money to ‘pay it forward’, Tania sought a surfboard for Layne to sign, combining Tania’s love of the ocean with Layne’s love of surfing.

From their workshop in Melbourne, Rob, Gary & Darren from ‘Tree to Sea’ were kind enough to make & donate one of their beautiful, super light-weight, wooden eco surfboards. The surfboard is a 6' 4" Striper 'fish' design with unique artwork by Darren’s daughter, Morgan, featuring blue ocean swirls, Reef Check Australia banner fish and Aim for the Stars ‘sea’ stars. This type of surfboard is accessible for all levels of riders and the artwork is incredibly eye-catching, whether you're catching waves or choose to display the board as a statement piece in your home. And of course to top it off, Layne Beachley has autographed the board and, luckily, decided not to take it home with her (she loves it!)

Funds from the surfboard raffle will go towards Reef Check Australia’s reef health monitoring, education & awareness programs, & back into The Layne Beachley Foundation, to support future scholarship winners.

See the video here: https://youtu.be/ePatOM4A4QU & enter for your chance to WIN here: http://www.rafflelink.com.au/surf4reef (Raffle tickets $10

Regards
Tree to Sea Australia
Rob Ph.0409 211 751
Gary Ph.0423 804 975
Darren Ph.0417 055 094
  www.treetosea.com.au

Monday, March 26, 2018

Wooden surfboard masterclass reconnects riders with surfing's sustainable history

After four long days, the class celebrates with their finished boards.
The first men and women to ride froth-tipped waves off the coast of Hawaii and other Polynesian Islands did so on planks of wood.
They were heavy and difficult to handle, but these early surfers laid the foundations for a sport now embraced worldwide and dominated on the professional circuit by Australians.
Modern advancements have seen wood phased out in favour of plastic and foam surfboards, valued for their light weight and flexibility.
However, a growing body of surfers still pine for boards reminiscent of those from decades ago.
In a small sunbathed workshop in suburban Brisbane, a group gathers to lovingly handcraft their own wooden boards.
"I thought wooden boards were something that left the planet in the '60s and didn't belong in this era or this time," Stuart Bywater, a woodworker and furniture restorer, said.
"They just ride differently."
Stuart Bywater (right) has turned a passion into a career.
Mr Bywater was 13 when he rode his first wave.
More than 30 years later he has turned that passion into a career and teaches others to make boards.
"A lot of people don't make things in their day-to-day or in their life," he said.
"They'll sit at a computer and write things or make documents but actually have nothing physical and substantial after that."

Stuart's students share a laugh during his course.
The first challenge of his four-day intensive class is getting his students to forget about their mobile phones and focus on the task at hand.
"As soon as they get in the habit of just putting the phone away and focusing on what we're doing, they tend to enjoy it a lot more," Mr Bywater said.
"I encourage people that they do actually have the skill if they go slowly.
"People who rush in tend to miss some of those finer points."

Art of shaping organic lines

But even for his students with woodworking experience, shaping the organic lines of a surfboard can pose a challenge.
"The first board I glued up was an absolute nightmare," Mr Bywater said.
"It was the worst glue up in my life and I've been doing woodwork for over 30 years."

Student Glenn Cameron concentrates on smoothing his rails.
The first step building a surfboard is assembling its internal ribs.
Brisbane design and technology teacher Glenn Cameron said making his first board was a real test of his skills.
"Everything we do is square and straight," Mr Cameron said, during a break from sanding his board.
"That real organic shape that comes through surfboards is something that's quite challenging, particularly curves turning into other curves.
"That's why Stuart's trained eye is a really good thing to learn from."
The class starts out with thin paulownia "ribs and rails" — the names given to the skeleton of wood pieces that form the inner structures of the board.
"It's very much like a fish skeleton or an aeroplane wing," Mr Bywater said.
Actually, the man who designed the first hollow surfboard is said to have picked up a few ideas from an aeronautical engineer during the process.
Wooden ribs and rails form the skeleton of the surfboard.
Each skin is as unique as its maker.
The pieces are then carefully nailed and glued together to form the board's shape and large panels of wood are glued together and left to dry to form the skins.
Some have pinstripes of western red cedar in hues of red or dark brown; others break up large sections of creamy paulownia with a pink-tinged wood.
Each board design is named after famous Australian Olympic swimmers — Rose, Dawn, Gould and Perkins.
"I'm a bit of a sucker for our summer Olympics and very proud of being Australian," Mr Bywater said.

Hard work and hand tools

Michael Wheelaghan travelled from Sydney to make his own surfboard, a nine-foot Dawn.
He said he had a passion for surfing but almost no woodworking experience.
"I'm an IT worker by trade so all I do all day is work in an office," he said.
"It's been a few days of sore joints and sore arms but nothing too bad."

It takes eight hours to shape the board by hand.
Even coffee is ignored as the class painstakingly planes the ribs and rails of their boards.
Dawn is a broad long board which, according to Mr Wheelaghan, would be easier to surf.
He said the board would take pride of place next to his other foam boards because he was the one who made it.
"I think there's something about the materials that you use that connects you back to the early history of surfing," he said.
Many of the students make their boards with a particular break in mind.
Mr Bywater said he expected most of them would be ridden often once completed, but a few of his students would consider them too precious to use.
Freshly glued skins are put in a vacuum bag to draw out all of the air
The boards sleep in their vacuum bags overnight before they're shaped and sanded some more.

Pride in the hand-crafted

Like meat at the supermarket, the boards reach their final form by being put into a plastic sleeve and having the air sucked out.
It makes the fibreglass-lined skins stick to the glue-coated edges of the frame.
Miles of packing tape is then strapped around the board to keep the joins tight before it's bagged and sealed overnight.
The surfers spend their final day shaping the smooth curved lines and sanding any rough edges in anticipation of the final glassing and addition of fins to help steer on the waves.
To wax or not to wax is something each participant contemplates during the course.
Once glassed, the natural, muted colours of boards take on a new appearance.
They look slick, like the veneer on an acoustic guitar, and the pink, red and brown tones become rich and dark.

Sanding is the final step before the boards are glassed.
Frames get sandwiched between fibreglassed skins.
Mr Bywater said the first surf was often the most difficult.
"The biggest problem while going to the beach with one of the boards is that you get stopped quite regularly," he said.
"Everyone's going, 'Where did you get that from? That's really nice'."
At different times surfers have attempted to reignite interest in wooden surfboards.
Today, Mr Bywater suspects their sustainability credentials — he only uses plantation-grown timber — is what draws people in to workshops like his.
"In the last 15 years there's been a bigger revival with our environmental issues," he said.
"If we have lots of storms, you tend to see rubbish out in the water which is pretty disappointing.
"It's nice to make something, ride it and know it's timber."
These surfboards are almost ready to ride.
 This article is from : ABC Radio Brisbane     By Hailey Renault

 Stuart has put in a huge effort to make these classes the success that they are. There are many ways to build a wooden surfboard and Stuart has made this his own through testing and experimenting over the last eight years. His background as a fine furniture designer, maker and restorer has given him a great insight into teaching this fine craft.

If you would like to build a board yourself, no experience is necessary in these Wooden Surfboard Making Workshops, where you can learn new skills and challenge yourself. You will walk away with  a stunning board that you have designed and made yourself. It sis a very rewarding experience. You will be taught by Stuart who is a master craftsman and furniture designer.

Make the Surfboard of your dreams this year !

Our 4 Day Board Making Workshop enables you to custom make YOUR own board

April 26, 27, 28 and 29
May 24, 25 26, and 27
June 28, 29, 30 & July 1

Spaces are limited so pleasae be quick :  enquiries@bywaterdesign.com.au

Remember this is also a great gift for a mate or someone special.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wooden board building classes in Italy

Vuoi costruire la tua tavola da surf in legno?
Vieni a Milano Luiss Hub, in Via Massimo D’Azeglio n. 3, per trascorrere tre giorni polverosi insieme a noi e ai ragazzi di TheFabLab!

10-11-12 Aprile potrai costruire la tua tavola da surf in legno.
Noi ti seguiremo passo passo in questa esperienza e ti forniremo tutto il materiale e gli utensili necessari.

Puoi scegliere tra tre modelli disponibili che trovi a questo link:
goo.gl/38rH7U
- MACACO: 6'6''
- FISH 5'9''
- AVOCADO 5'6''

Durante i tre giorni di workshop apprenderai le tecniche per costruire una tavola da surf in legno con metodologia “hollow” e porterai a casa la tua tavola pronta per essere resinata.

N.B. L'evento รจ riservato ai partecipanti del workshop. Puoi prenotarti sul nostro sito web al seguente link: goo.gl/38rH7U

CONTACT

No-Made Boards
Zona Industriale Zampitto c.da Salara n.1
64030 Basciano (TE)
T. +39 0861659528
E. info@nomadeboards.com









Monday, February 12, 2018

Learn from the master himself

Join artist, designer, art director and board shaper James Robinson to learn the art of pyrography. This is a rare opportunity to learn Pyrography - the tradition of etching into the surface of wood or leather using a heated metal point. Hand drawn using a simple burner, Robinson’s intricate paddles and boards have gained international attention with numerous exhibitions in Japan and Hawaii. In this session participants will learn how to safely burn detailed images transforming any piece of wood into a work of art.
As part of your fee, participants receive their own hand burning kit and protective equipment to take home.
Participants must be 18 and over.
Surf’s Up @ The Pav is a series of one-off events at the Bondi Pavilion including dance, music, film, art and talks to celebrate all that we love about summer down at the Pav!
For information all other events in Surf's Up @ The Pav visit www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/theatre

He really is the master of his craft and a very talented man. To check out his amazing work go to his site:  https://www.instagram.com/boundbysea.com.au/





Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Board building classes in Brisbane this year

No experience is necessary in these Wooden Surfboard Making Workshops, where you can learn new skills and challenge yourself. You will walk away with  a stunning board that you have designed and made yourself. It sis a very rewarding experience. You will be taught by Stuart who is a master craftsman and furniture designer.

Make the Surfboard of your dreams this year !

Our 4 Day Board Making Workshop enables you to custom make YOUR own board

April 26, 27, 28 and 29
May 24, 25 26, and 27
June 28, 29, 30 & July 1

Spaces are limited so pleasae be quick :  enquiries@bywaterdesign.com.au

Remember this is also a great gift for a mate or someone special.










Sunday, December 10, 2017

A new board from Alan Copelin




Frank's new board

Frank Kaczmarek is a Gold Coast bus driver and about to retire. He loves his surfing and building boards. Here is his latest one...
 "Well, it’s finally finished, Whew!! Last night I put on the last layer of clear-coat, and now all that remains is to put on the deck grip. I’ve got the transparent one called Versa-Traction, very similar to what I’ve got on the 9ft board and the 7’6” fish. "



"As you can see it’s got a nice concave under that big wide nose and a V in the tail section. Also a considerable rocker. Except for the rails it’s made entirely from left-over bits from previous board builds. I had to buy the paulownia and cork for the rails. The cork is from Bunnings, floor tiles that I cut strips off and laminated them with the paulownia. Hopefully the edge will be a little less lethal than other boards."



 "Being cork it has a little give in it and the clear-coat stays flexible, so it should be a good combination. All that remains now is to see if it performs well. It ended a bit wider than I had planned, but there’s always the option of building another one. The measurements are 8’2” x 24 3/4” x 2 3/4”. I used the templates from the first fish board you designed with AKU-shaper for me and made some alterations. I hope it performs well.Fingers crossed Thanks again for your help and advice."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Luis Gasper from Portugal built this new board for summer



 5mm deck and 4mm bottom





Great looking board and thanks for sharing Luis.