Handplane Workshops

Places available:


Sometimes, nothing beats throwing a handplane into a rucksack and heading out for a walk and a swim to catch a few waves. We’re lucky enough to use handplanes we’ve made ourselves and now we want to share that exciting feeling with you.

Come and join us for a day in the workshop to make your own wooden handplane alongside some like-minded folk. We’ll create a blank for you, with a concave running through it, and you’ll then template and cut your outline, shape the rails and oil your plane ready for your first swim. We’ll be there each step of the way to offer all the advice and support you’ll need.


  • 10am

    Meet in the workshop and learn about the tools we’ll be using over a cup of tea.

  • 10:30am

    Draw out your template and cut it out of the blank.

  • 11:30am

    Begin shaping and sanding your rails.

  • 12:30pm

    Lunch time, we’ll order in from Baker Toms.

  • 1:30pm

    Back to shaping and sanding.

  • 3:30pm

    Learn how to apply the first coat of oil and how to look after your new handplane.

Wood Types

Cedar with triple dark stringer

Cedar with double pale stringer

Cedar with single pale stringer sandwiched by dark stringers

Cedar with double pale stringer sandwiched by dark stringers

Poplar with single dark stringer

bodysurfing video showing use of a wooden handplane in waves in France
James Otter holding a wooden bodysurfing handplane up to his face and smiling
James Otter and Tom Kay discussing the shape of a wooden handplane at a build-your-own course
James Otter and happy participants after a build your own wooden bodysurfing handplane course

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