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!