NY/NJ Farmhouse Workshop


The Workshop: In this 5-day workshop you will build your our own hollow wooden surfboard to the ‘ready for glassing’ stage. We will begin by learning the basics of surfboard design and use this new knowledge to build and fine tune the style of surfboard that is best for your skill level, type of surfing, and/or conditions you intend to surf in. Students will select their board from my line of proven designs. You will then set about cutting the internal framework, selecting the planks for the top and bottom, gluing those planks to the framework, railing out the board using my patent-pending Strip & Feather technique, attaching the top panel and then finish the workshop by doing the shaping and sanding. You’ll leave the workshop with the board of your choice ready to be fiberglassed (I will provide additional advice on glassing, fin placement and shaping, and leashloop/vent installation).

The Venue: Peters Valley Craft Center is a national center for fine craft education where people’s lives are enriched through the exploration and execution of fine craft. Located in the Delaware Water Gap, Peters Valley offers two to five day workshops in blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, photography, wood and special topics including printmaking, books & paper, drawing, and glass. Peters Valley Craft Center Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The PVCC is about 1.5 hours west of NYC.

You can learn all about this venue (such as pricing, food and accommodation, directions, etc.) by visiting the PVCC website.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED to 5 participants so reserve your spot early using the Peter’s Valley registration process (see below). There will be a reserve list.

The tuition for this workshop is set by PVCC at $480 ($510 for non-members) plus a studio fee of $35 and is payable via the PVCC registration page (Note, these fees do not cover food or accommodation. Please contact PVCC for more information on these issues).

In addition, a T2S materials fee of $50 per foot can be paid via this PayPal button:

NJ-NYC Materials Fee
NJ-NYC Materials Fee
Use this button calculate the materials fee ONLY. The base price for a 5-6 foot board is $300. After choosing your board from the Template Page, select it in the dropdown list. This will calculate the total materials fee and populate the PayPal form when the button is clicked.
Available Qty: 5
Price: 300 (base price)
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What’s included: One of my design templates, all the wood that you’ll need (sustainably harvested Paulownia and cedar), a rocker table that you’ll help build, glues, fasteners, finboxes, and board vents. Tools will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own if they have them.

What’s NOT included: Food (bring your own or get locally), lodging (contact PVCC), fiberglassing & fins (I can advise on fins and fin placement and you may use excess wood for shaping fins, but fins are not technically included).

For questions regarding the venue contact Jen at PVCC: jen@petersvalley.org

For questions regarding the workshop itself contact me at T2S: rich@treetosea.org

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