Sydney 1 HWS workshop update

Another great workshop and another batch of boards and buddies made. Here are some shots from the weekend, hopefully we’ll have some of these babies glassed, wet, and dropping in soon. Will keep you posted… For those on the Sydney workshop waitlist, we’ve not forgotten about you. Keep checking in as we’re arranging workshop number two.

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Oregon College of Arts and Crafts UPDATE

Sorry this took so long. But here’s a nice little sample of the scene. A great workshop. Thanks everybody!

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3-4 Day Workshop in Sydney, NSW

ANNOUNCING A WORKSHOP In AUSTRALIA SOLD OUT

DATE: February 17th-19th, 2012

You know where this is
I took this photo myself  (with ScreenGrab off Wikipedia)

The Venue: TBD (But somewhere in the Southern Suburbs of Sydney)

The Host: Mick “Slatz” Slattery of Surf for Sanity or SFS (squared). SFS (squared) is all about the freedom that surfing gives you. It has been somewhat of a formula for 4 mates for over 15 years, where we could just jump in the car, strap some boards to the roof, $10 in our pockets and just wing it the whole way up the coast, surfing, skating, and sleeping under the stars. Check out his awesome blog here: surfforsanity.com.au

The Price: Total Workshop price is calculated as $400 + $50/foot

What’s included: One of Rich’s design templates, all the wood that you’ll need (sustainably harvested Paulownia and cedar), a rocker table, all tools (but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have them), glues, and fasteners.

What’s NOT included: Food (bring your own or get locally), lodging (see above), fiber-glassing, & fins (I will advise on fins and fin placement and you may use excess wood for shaping fins, but fins are not technically included)

SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 participants so reserve your spot early by making a deposit using the PayPal button below. Deposit is non-refundable if you cancel, fully refunded if we do. The balance (full payment) must be received 14 days prior to the workshop. There may be a minimum number threshold and in cases where the workshop is SOLD OUT there will be a reserve list.

3-4 Day Workshop Sydney, NSW
3-4 Day Workshop Sydney, NSW
Date:We are currently considering adding another workshop on a later date. Email rich at treetosea.org to get on the reserve list and I'll keep you posted.
Price: 50 (button makes deposit in USD only, balance due 14-days prior to workshop)

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Another Workshop in Olde England

ANNOUNCING A 3-DAY WORKSHOP ON THE COAST OF WALES

 

The Venue: The venue for this workshop is a an old converted Victorian coach house on the west coast of Wales. The workspace is heated and has a sound-system, a large kitchen, toilets, a bar, and also provides an option to move out into an adjacent courtyard if it’s warm enough outside.

Also available as an option, is an attached B&B. See William’s House of Solva website for more information about that (cheaper options are also available in the area).

The Host: The host for this workshop is professional woodworker/boatbuilder and surfer, Paul Reisberg. You can check out his boatbuilding, sailing, and sailing blog here.  Paul will be your point of contact and can advise you with local knowledge such as lodging (if neccessary),  directions, parking, restaurants, and secret spots. Connect with Paul via email.

The Price: Total Workshop price is calculated as £250+32/foot

What’s included: One of Rich’s design templates (or custom designs are available for $50 arranged ahead of time), pre-cut internal frames, all the wood that you’ll need (sustainably harvested Paulownia and cedar), a rocker table, all tools (but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have them), glues, and fasteners, finboxes and board vents.

What’s NOT included: Food (bring your own or get locally), lodging (see above), epoxy fiberglassing, & fins (I assume you’ll be glassing on your fins, and can advise on fins and fin placement. You may use excess wood for shaping fins, but fins are not technically included)

SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 participants so reserve your spot early by making a £32 deposit (non-refundable if you cancel, fully refunded if we do) using the PayPal button below. The balance (full payment) must be received 2-weeks prior to the workshop (July 29th, 2011). There will be a reserve list.

See the previous Solva Workshop here

3-Day workshop Pembrokeshire Coast UK
3-Day workshop Pembrokeshire Coast UK
Date: Aug. 12-15th , 2011 Contact rich@treetosea.org to get on the reserve list.
Price: 32 (button makes deposit only, balance due 2-weeks prior to workshop)
First choose a board, then click "£32 Deposit only button" :

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3-Day workshop in New England (NH)

ANNOUNCING A 3-DAY WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE THIS WORKSHOP IS BEING RESCHEDULED please contact the host, Carl Mahlstedt, to stay posted…

 

We've done Ye Olde England, Now howza about some Nova Anglia?

The Venue: The venue for this workshop is Goosebay Sawmill & Lumber – a working sawmill and lumber yard near Concord, NH (See the map here). Goosebay Sawmill & Lumber Inc. is a family owned and operated New Hampshire corporation that has been in business over 30 years.  Goosebay supplies stock and trade and sells as a wide variety of of exotic woods to cabinetmakers, contractors, artisans, part-time woodworkers, hobbyists, and now wood surfers far and wide. At Goosebay we’ll have access to a range of power tools, racks of wood, and a wide open workshop.

The Host: The host for this workshop is Goosebay owner and professional sawyer Carl Mahlstedt. Carl will be your point of contact and can advise you with local knowledge such as lodging (if neccessary),  directions, parking, restaurants, and all things wood. Connect with Carl via email

The workspace at Goose Bay Sawmill

The Price: Total Workshop price is calculated as $400 (tuition) + $50/foot (materials) (See dropdown menu below).

What’s included: One of Rich’s design templates, pre-cut internal frames, all the wood that you’ll need (sustainably harvested Paulownia and cedar), a rocker table, all tools (but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have them), glues, and fasteners.

What’s NOT included: Food (bring your own or get locally), lodging (see above), epoxy fiberglassing, & fins (I assume you’ll be glassing on your fins, and can advise on fins and fin placement. The idea is that this is a STRIP & FEATHER WORKSHOP. That means I’ll teach all about the method and walk you through the entire Strip & Feather part. The parts that are not unique to the method (i.e sanding, glassing, and fin installment are technically no different than any other method so are not included). This workshop focuses on the Strip & Feather method that you’ll not get anywhere else than a T2S workshop. You may use excess wood for shaping fins, but fins are not technically included)

SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 participants so reserve your spot early by making a $50 deposit (non-refundable if you cancel, fully refunded if we do) using the PayPal button below. The balance (full payment) must be received 1-week prior to the workshop (Fri., July 15th). I will send an invoice for the balance due on Thurs, July 14th.

If there is sufficient interest in an SUP and enough time, I’d be willing to design a custom SUP for this workshop. Let me know ASAP if your interested in participating on the design process.

3-Day Workshop NH
3-Day Workshop NH
Date:Currently Being re-scheduled for late-summer Send host an email to stay posted
Available Qty: 7
Price: 50 (button makes deposit only, balance due 5-days prior to workshop)
First choose a board, then click "$50 Deposit only button" :

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Melbourne Australia Workshop Update

After two days on planes we were back at it. This time down on the Mornington Peninsula. The host, Robert had done a great job converting his carport into a T2S workshop workshop. The Australian grown Paulownia had arrived nice and stacked from the mill. The Epoxy was on the shelf. Two days, a case of Broo (thanks Gary), and four boards emerged. Two more days, another case of Broo (thanks again Gary), and four more wooden boards headed for the Australia lineup (not to mention 8 less plastic and foamies).

Many thanks to Robert, Adam, Angus, Chris, Craig, Gary, Matt, Mick, Paul, & Wazza. I had a great time with you and your boards!

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Workshop Announcement Oregon Coast

ANNOUNCING A 4-Day Workshop on the Oregon Coast (June 2-5, 2011) SOLD OUT

I’ve been asked to deliver a special Visiting Artists workshop at the highly regarded Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. Here is the page from their course catalog.

Anyone interested in attending this workshop should register and pay for the course ONLY via the OCAC registration page (scroll down to the “wood” section) and the materials fee ONLY using the button below (both separate payments must be made in-full by May 20, 2011 in order to reserve your spot). FYI: There is a $20 discount for registering before May 5th. See OCAC registration page for details.

4-Day Oregon Coast Workshop Materials Fee
4-Day Oregon Coast Workshop Materials Fee
Date: June 2-5th 2011 SOLD OUT First choose the board you'd like to build from my Template Shop then come back here and select it from the dropdown list. Use this button for paying the Materials fee ONLY.
Price: $0.00
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Solva, UK workshop update

In the beginning, there was wood. And then I said, let there be frames… and there were frames. I looked at those frames and said; “It is good.” But instead of seven days, we took three. And instead of it All, we created ten.

On the first day we drank Epoxy & Red Bull shots. On the second, we created dust. And from those vast clouds, on the third day, the sun emerged, so we rested. With the power invested in us by our gracious hosts (and an awesome table saw) we pulled it off.

To the disciples, Paul, Sarah, Roland, Florian, Kjell, David, Mitch, Tom, Chris, and Andrew, I say well done. And to Father Hesbrunt and Mother Lynn, I extend the highest debt and gratitude. Thank you all for a wonderful experience!

To view photos, click on one, use the arrows to scroll, and then click again to close. There are two pages…

 

 

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Two Backyard BBQ Builds in S. Melbourne AUS

Announcing TWO Australia Strip & Feather board building workshops! (SOLD OUT)

Each of these new workshops are going to be intensive two or three days of board-building, barbecue, and blast. You’ll go home with your dream board ready for final sanding and glassing.

A small backyard BBQ (USA)

The Venue:
Set amongst the gum trees in the leafy suburb of Mt. Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula, a green belt, about a 1hr south of Melbourne on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The heart of this sunny suburb is a small Village with lots of cafes and friendly people.

The Host: The host for this workshop is craftsman and HWS builder Robert Ivers. He’ll be your in-country point of contact and can advise you with local knowledge such as directions, parking, lodging, glassing, etc.

The Price: Total Workshop price is calculated as $405+$50/foot AUD (Payments are made in AUD from PayPal)

What’s included: One of Rich’s design templates (or custom designs are available for $50 arranged ahead of time), pre-cut internal frames, all the wood that you’ll need (sustainably harvested Paulownia and cedar), a rocker table, all tools (but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have them), fin boxes, board vents, etc.

What’s NOT included: Food (bring your own stuff for the Barby), lodging, fins, (we assume you’ll be glassing on your fins, we can advise on fins and fin placement and you may use excess wood for shaping fins, but attached fins are not technically included).

SPACE IS LIMITED to 8 participants so reserve your spot early by making a $50 AUD deposit (non-refundable if you cancel, fully refundable if we do) using the PayPal button below. The balance (full payment) must be received 2-weeks prior to the workshop (Feb. 25th, 2011). There will be a reserve list. See the two sign-up bulletins (I & II) below:

Backyard BBQ Workshop Melbourne I
Backyard BBQ Workshop Melbourne I
Date: March 11th & 12th, 2011 SOLD OUT Contact Rich to check for reserve spots opening up
Price: 50 (button makes deposit in AUD only. Balance due 2-weeks prior to workshop)
Backyard BBQ Workshop Melbourne II
Backyard BBQ Workshop Melbourne II
Date: March 13th & 14th, 2011 SOLD OUT
Price: 50 (button makes deposit in AUD only. Balance due 2-weeks prior to workshop)
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We can fix this

I used to spend a lot of time at sea. These days, I spend more on the shore walking, or in the surf smiling. But sea and beach are intimately linked.

Several years ago and about 300 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, we came upon an unexpected island. From a distance, it reminded me of the sandy-white fringes of a Bahamian atoll. But this was the cold North Atlantic; no islands were charted here, except perhaps Sable Island, but that was many miles beyond our western horizon.  As we sailed closer, I could tell it was undulating with the surface of the sea. It started to look like floating snow and ice.

My heart sank to the bottom when we finally got close enough to read the logo: DUNKIN DONUTS. I estimated it was about 75% Styrofoam cups likely swept offshore from New England by the Gulfstream. It was surreal and shameful to sail through an island of floating trash the size of a football field. They’re called “garbage gyres” in the Pacific and we’ve got them in the Atlantic too. No matter where, they are a disgrace to all of us and the planet.

A common site on offshore islands

Years later, when I finally made it to Sable Island (it’s hard to get to), I witnessed scenes like this. Many seabirds and other creatures inadvertently ingest or get entangled in the plastics, causing gruesome and largely unseen suffering.

I was uplifted when one of my workshop participants sent me a link to Kevin Cunningham’s project to raise awareness about pelagic trash (thanks Mitch). Please consider supporting him.

I am inspired to help too by encouraging workshop participants to reduce the amount of trash we generate and consume, help clean up your local beach, and bring something “washed ashore” to incorporate into your HWS.

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