Bellyboard Shaping Day

Bellyboard Shaping Day


The day will be run be run by myself, Patrick Boothman. I am a qualified Design & Technology teacher with five years experience of shaping finless wooden surf craft.


The aim of the day is to make an Obeche belly board. Like the ones in the link.
Over the course of the 6 hour day I will help you to achieve the various stages in shaping a board, cutting the template, shaping the nose and rails as well as forming the deck and hull. It is the intention that from the initital blank a board will be created and oiled, ready to surf within one day.


I am based just outside of the market town of Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Whilst not on the coast we are never for from the coast in any direction. The day will be run on my grounds (hopefully outside) but if the weather conspires otherwise we can always shape inside. Sawboards is based at Stoneditch Farm, Narberth SA67 8BU.


I have 10 dates available in this initial round of workshops. These are;

Sunday 14th May 2017 No longer Available.
Saturday 10th June 2017 No longer Available.
Saturday 17th June 2017 No longer Available..

Tuesday 30th May 2017 No longer Available.
Tuesday 6th June 2017 No longer Available..
Tuesday 13th June 2017 No longer Available..
Tuesday 20th June 2017 No longer Available.

Friday 12th May 2017 No longer Available..
Friday 26th May 2017 No longer Available..
Friday 9th June 2017  No longer Available..
Friday 16th June 2017 No longer Available..

The course will run from 9:00am- 11:00am (Coffee break) 11:30-1:30 (Packed lunch BYO) then 2:30pm-4:30pm.


Whilst I have made many paipo/bellyboards. I have made very few with other people in a structured manner. As such I am using this round of workshops as a “taster” session hoping that we both learn along the way. As such the cost of the venture will be kept to an absolute minimum. I am asking a minimal sum of £50 via paypal to cover the cost of the blank and sundries.

To go about booking a place simply use the link below to send the £50 to my Paypal account. When you do this you will be asked if you wish to “Add a note” . In this section please write the date you wish to attend the course. See image below.

Upon receiving your funds I will e-mail to make contact and remove your date from the list of those available. I will require at least 24 hours notice to organise a workshop and money sent will not be returned should you not be able to attend the date you selected, we can however make alternative arrangements if needed.