The aim of these tutorials is to help demystify how handmade wooden SUPs are made. They are currently being used by do-it-yourself enthusiasts & professional craftsman from around the world. The strip & feather style of building, detailed in these tutorials, is a proven method shared by many of the biggest and best wooden surfboard builders in the world. With thousands of successful home builders and approximately 20 independent businesses currently building my shapes I am happy to be part of this environmentally responsible movement.
I originally created this wiki style set of building tutorials for customers building my paddleboard kits and plans but anyone is free to use them. The tutorials are listed in the order they are completed with links to helpful videos, tools and shop made jigs I use when building boards. If you are using the tutorials to build a wood surfboard simply skip the parts about a SUP handle and the deck reinforcements.
Some of my customers build their boards by ‘stripping’ the internal frame the way strip canoes are built. The structural result with the ‘stripping’ technique is the same with the main difference being cosmetic. If you are going to use this technique, I recommend reading a book like Canoecraft or The Strip-Built Sea Kayak to supplement these tutorials if you haven’t built a canoe or kayak in the past.
If you are building one of my paddleboard kits or using my plans and need clarification on anything, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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