Grain “Build A Wooden Surfboard” Workshops Get A New Home in NY

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We’ve long been friends of the guys at the Grain Surfboards shop up in Maine. They are great customers who source their green epoxy from us (Entropy Resins) and who are spreading their board building stoke all over the United States. From Maine, where they have home-base on a sweet farm, to California where they toured with their workshops last summer, to their new digs in Montauk, New York – these guys are onto something. People (surfers!) want to build, they want to use their hands and massage a meaningful project that will endure, that is sustainable, and that will provide lots of pleasure in return.  Continue reading

Grain’s Northeast Hand Plane Tour = Bodysurfing Magic

In Grain’s world, handplane shaping is like a gateway drug.  And their traveling handplane workshops are short and sweet opportunities to try your hand with some fun edge tools and come away with a sweet little surf-craft complete with the coolest strap system you’ve ever seen.

This summer, we’re celebrating 10 years of building and sharing by visiting shops in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York where they’ll set up our communal handplane shaping table and bust out some shavings.  Check here for more info and sign up online to ensure a spot at the table.

Tuition includes the wood, handstrap and hardware, our guidance and the use of all the tools necessary to create your own wave sliding masterpiece.

Here’s the list of stops on the handplane tour, including some local pals down along the coast at Water Brothers in Newport and Matunuck Surf Shop. Check out a workshop and get addicted to bodysurfing with a handplane. (and to shaping it yourself!)

Maine Surfers Union   July 9th          2-6pm    (Portland, ME)
Greenlines                  July 23rd        4-8pm    (Montauk, NY)
WaterBros                  July 26th       10-2pm   (Newport, RI)
Matunuck Surf Shop  July 31st        3-7pm     (Matunuck, RI)
Noreaster                   August 2nd    10-2pm   (Scituate, MA)
Sick Days                   August 4th     3-7pm     (Wellfleet, MA)

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.

Woodwater – Grain Surfboards

When we heard about the guys at the Grain Surfboards shop up in York, Maine we were understandably excited. Sold as kits to build and craft on your own, or ordered in various stages of completion – these ingenious kits fit right into the TotalBoat philosophy of being the master of your craft. If you use your mind and hands to shape and create a toy that you love, the bond between craftsperson and project is forever a part of the joy you get in return.

Jamestown Distributors is proud to partner with Grain by selling their kits in our store and by providing Grain with the TotalBoat line of epoxies, paints and more.  Soon Grain will be on the road, spreading their joy of crafting these beautiful boards and TotalBoat is along for the ride. Watch this space for an announcement about the upcoming East Coast Tour. If you love the waves and appreciate the joy in crafting your own ride, then the Grain boards are for you.  Check out their line of boards here and get to work on building your own.