Build an Enviro Wooden Balsawood Surfboard with Mark Riley at Miranda
The group of 2 will be customised to the type of board you want to build. It will be hands on getting dusty on a any day that suits the students. Mark will take you step by step in building your own solid or foam core wood board that can be glassed and surfed or hung on the wall just like in the 50s and 60s. All equipment will be supplied in a kit form and all tools necessary will be supplied in a safe and clean environment. The whole process is environmentally friendly and boards will be built to your requirements and your ability.
You can build your own size board - the recommended shapes are fishes, mini mals, and guns from 5 foot to 9ft. If you don't want to build a board you can experience a build along side mark in his workshop.
The boards that you will build are not hollow with a frame- there are no restrictions to YOUR shape. This is the way boards were built in the 50s and 60s. These last a lifetime when they are glassed properly (no cheap wood stains or oils or clear varnishes here that need maintenance).
You will learn to use a band saw, circular saw, electric planer, electric sanders and to design and draw your own shape, all under the supervision of Mark.
You can choose your preferred stringer layout from no stringers to 5 stringers in different arrangements (kit comes with 1 stringer, extra $50 per stringer).
Photos will be taken of the students during the build and sent to them.
A certificate will be presented on completion.
This is a great escape and relaxation after a long working week. Normally the guys are sad when they have finished the course and want to help and volunteer to help out building other boards. They all want to learn more and meet more like-minded people.
If you build a second board a 10% discount will apply.
All accessories like board covers will apply a 10% discount.
You can then take your board away for glassing or come and see it being glassed one on one with Mark at his glassing bay (this is extra).
A wooden board needs to be glassed and polished to have it last a lifetime.
Process below is building a solid board - slightly different and cheaper for a foam core balsa board
Week 1 – 11am to 12pm – Introductory talk 12pm to 1pm – Hand over of kits 1pm to 4pm – Layout or wood and cutting wood with band saw 4pm to 5pm – Glue up blank
Week 2 – 11am to 12pm – Remove clamps 12pm to 1pm – Draw plan shape on bottom 1pm to 4pm – Cut out plan shape with circular saw Clean up plan shape with belt sander 4pm to 5pm – Mark out deck for shaping, Shaping deck with electric planer
Week 3 – 11am to 2pm – Sanding deck with electric sander, Shaping bottom with electric planer 2pm to 3pm – Sanding bottom, Shaping rails with block plane 3pm to 4pm – Sanding rails with sanding blocks 4pm to 5pm - Finish sanding board
Week 4 - If you are interested in glassing the board with Mark.
To have an understanding about balsawood and the environment and how mass produced 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 - $750 (this is subject to change)
‘I have been building balsawood 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 can be seen in the surf, in 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 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
By ordering and paying for this course online you are accepting this waiver.
By accepting this waiver, you are accepting in its entirety the following conditions.
I agree that during the time of the ''surfboard making course” I waive any and all claims that may arise in relation to my personal or others injury, damage to property, death or any other claims relating to my participation in the course.
Whilst there might be certain risks in partaking of the course, I acknowledge I have received all the necessary instructions and safety gear to safely conduct the course without any safety incidents to myself, others or property.
I am a mature adult and am very aware of all the risks and requirements to safely navigate my way through the course.
Contact Mark via email to let him know your suitable dates to make a start - firstname.lastname@example.org