The Shapers Workshop has been established to share skills to those who want to learn the art of shaping surfboards. In an industry that has been very reluctant to share its knowledge, the majority of surfboard manufacturing is now either machine shaped or sent overseas causing a void where interested people have nowhere to learn shaping skills. This is where the Shapers Workshop steps in.
The Surfboard Shapers Workshop has been divided into several types.
Firstly The Alaia Shapers Workshop is a 5 hour course that is designed to cater for anyone wanting to shape their own timber Alaia surfboard. The Alaia has a long history, first documented by Captian Cook on his visit to Hawaii and is now having a resurgence with the interest in discovering the roots of surfing.
With all materials and equipment supplied, Richard guides the shaper through design, the process of cutting the plan shape, turning the rails and finish shaping. The the logos are burned in and the board is oiled and ready to surf. Gift certificates are available. All Shapers workshops are conducted at Harvey Surf unit 3 10 Pacific Ave Miami and all protective equipment is supplied.
THE ALAIA SHAPERS WORKSHOP APPLICATION FORM
The Surfboard Shapers Workshop is for those who want to experience the ultimate shaping experience.
Learn the what, how, and why from a shaper with 45 years experience handcrafting all styles of boards.
Understand the tools and techniques and completely shape your own surfboard, ready for glassing, whichever style you choose. The workshop comprises a series of short courses, 5 Modules of 2 hours each designed to teach you how to shape your design directly from a blank and understand the process of design, how to set up a shaping bay and through a vist to the blank factory understand how to order specific designs from the blank supplier.
1: THE SHAPING BAY
The shaping bay layout with lighting, stands, racks and benches.
Tools, what they do, how to use them and how to select yours.
Understanding the custom order form
Selecting the correct blank shape, length, weight and stringers for your design
Cutting your plan shape
3: ROUGH SHAPING
Using the planer
Rough shaping the bottom
Rough shaping the deck
Rough shaping the rails
4: FINE TUNING YOUR DESIGN
How to shape Channels and Concaves
Tucked under edges
5: FINISH SHAPING
Checking for bumps
Marking fin positions
Final dimensions check and ID
Shape ready for glassing
CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY ON COMPLETION
INCLUDES DESIGN FOLDER WITH STUDY NOTES AND TOOL SUGGESTIONS
TOOL PACKAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Price varies depending on your blank choice but includes your finished shaped blank ready for glassing, All necessary protective shaping gear.
All designs long and short catered for.
SOUTHCOAST FOAM used exclusively
All Shapers workshops are conducted at Harvey Surf unit 3 10 Pacific Ave Miami and all protective equipment is supplied.
THE ADVANCED SHAPERS WORKSHOP APPLICATION FORM