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.

Watch This Guy Create a Beautiful Surfboard from Scrap Wood

Matt Gahan’s Story Board is a perfect illustration to the belief that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. While most see a wooden pallet like this as bonfire material, Donald Brink sees potential. He see’s the potential to create a unique surf craft that is fun, sustainable, and stimulates his artistic curiosities. Creating your own surfboard like this may seem a bit time-consuming, but let’s face it, surfboards aren’t exactly cheap. Plus, the non-recyclable materials and petrochemicals that are still being used by the majority of surfboard manufacturers today do not jive well with the environment. Not only is Donald Brink trying to undermine this approach to surfboard manufacturing, but he’s also revolutionizing surfboard design with his unique, asymmetrical shapes. So check out Matt Gahan’s latest installment and get inspired to build something of your own.

When you are ready to build something of your own, Jamestown Distributors offers a complete line of Grain kit surfboards to make it happen!  Order one, get building and then hop into the upcoming Grain East Coast Workshop Tour to check in with the pros. Or just to show off your sweet new ride.

Cardboard Surfboard Ernest’s Cardboard Chaos

We teamed up with our friends at Ernest Packaging they’ve let us infiltrate their warehouse and use their design team to help us build whatever our little hearts desire. Our first episode we build a surfboard using a honeycomb paper as the blank.

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Inside look at Grain Surfboards in Maine:
Mike LaVecchia combined his love of board sports with a passion for traditional wooden boat-building techniques to create works of art for riding waves. Brad Anderson joined as co-owner shortly after and, with the help of some friends, Grain has grown into a full-fledged surfboard manufacturer known for innovative techniques, classic designs and ground-breaking products.