Grain Surfboards Is Coming to Rhody

So what if you’re not from Little Rhody? Like to bodysurf? Love beaches and waves and boats and bridges? Then Little Rhody could be a great summer weekend visit and you can drop off your bodysurfer at one of these 2 local surf shops for a 4-hour hand plane workshop and hit the beach or waves while they shape.

Our pals at Grain make the coolest rides on the waves – from their home state of Maine where they source local timbers, to Little Rhody where they understand our passion for the ocean, they are loading up the truck and coming our way for 2 shaping workshops. They provide the tools, materials and guidance and you provide the passion to make something super cool.

Find them on the 26th (Sunday) at WaterBros in Newport from 10-2pm (so much to see and do in Newport!) and on Friday the 31st at Matunuck Surf Shop from 3-7pm. (Ever been to the legendary Ocean Mist beach bar in Matunuck? Now’s your chance!)

Hand planes are everywhere, and if you haven’t seen or tried one, you’re missing out. They are a blast in the waves and open up a whole new world of waveriding possibilities.

Grain says they love shaping hand planes because of the freedom that solid wood gives you. It’s a great way to start out getting acquainted with hand tools and familiarizing yourself with the basic elements of hydrodynamics.

Grain’s hand plane blanks are designed with two template shapes lightly engraved in (or you can create your own shape), plus custom engraving to accept our hand plane strap hardware. They come with a 100% recycled hand strap and custom attachment hardware (no plastic used), some 120 grit sandpaper, natural polyurethane made from bi-products of the Vermont dairy industry, even some instructions to help you along the way. Grab yourself a spokeshave or block plane and you’ll be out in the water in no time.

See you at WaterBros or Matunuck Surf Shop!

Psst – Hey! You can buy a Grain Surfboard Kit from us here and build your own this fall and winter – and be riding next summer!

Grain Surfboards Hits the Road: Board Building Workshops

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Grain Surfboards East Coast Board Building Seminar Series 

When Grain Surfboards first showed us their beautiful, hand crafted and sustainable wooden pieces of surfing art over 5 years ago, of course Jamestown Distributors was anxious to be involved and became a supplier of epoxies, hand tools and supplies.  Grain Surfboards, like many of our boatbuilding customers, is committed to using time honored woodworking techniques and local, sustainable softwoods that naturally produce artful and unique grain patterns on every board. And the best part: sold as a kit, these surfboards invite you to wrap your hands and tools around them from build to wave, connecting builder and board, creating a hand made piece of art, which much like a hand crafted boat, offers a lifetime of pride, enjoyment and of course plenty of FUN!

The Tour:
Jamestown Distributors is very proud to be a supporting sponsor of Grain Surfboards East Coast Board Building Seminars. In early March, the Grain crew is packing up their farm truck and trailer and hitting the road, heading out of their snow buried shop in York, Maine and heading south along the east coast.

Starting their tour off in Annapolis, Maryland at the home of DIY boatbuilding kits, Chesapeake Light Craft, Grain is offering a special one-day paipo workshop where you can show up empty handed, spend a few casual hours sanding and shaping a beauty of a bodyboard, and then take it home when it’s over 4 hours later (held 3/21/15 – details here).

For those who can carve 4 days out of life, sign up and drop in for an extended workshop and become a masterful board shaper and owner. Starting in Annapolis and heading south to North Carolina, Florida and back through Delaware, Grain is offering 6 different 4-day workshops. And if you can’t squeeze one of these into your life this spring, consider stopping in for a one-day hand planing workshop offered as they make their way up and down the right coast. (locations and times listed here and on Grain’s site and social media pages.) They also offer one-on-one fantasy camps at HQ in Maine as well as 7 day seminars for those wanting the full experience from start to finish.

OR order a Grain Surfboard kit from JD here, get building and shaping and then hook up with the Grain group at one of their stops along the road. They are hopeful that current owners and shapers will come out and ride some waves with them on your fancy whip.

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Sounds like a plan!

Stay tuned for Workshop Updates and Tour Stories as Grain Mobile goes South.