Table or bench…..

For Christmas we made our family a set of benches that can change into tables, with a simple pivot the back rest folds flat and locks in to place to become the table top. The benches are made as singles with enough room for 3 to eat 4 is cosy, these can be teamed up with another single bench to seat 6 for eating, again 8 would be cosy!

We settled on this design as we know how precious space can be in gardens and the dual purpose suits those occasions of alfresco dining and the day to day relaxing in the garden.

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The benches are made from tanalised timber which we sand down, this gives the wood a real driftwood look and feel.

The tanalised timber will last much longer than untreated wood and is easier to care for than painted or varnished wood but we would still recommend yearly care to prolong the life of the benches.

Each bench is £90 and £160 for a set of 2 get in touch at info@sakuraworkshop.co.uk to place an order these benches will be a collection only in the Pembrokeshire area.

Posted in Pembrokeshire, Random Other Stuff, Workshop

Every month on the sea

A year ago I read an artical online about a Canadian canoer who set himself the goal of paddling at least once a month for the year of 2013, reading this just before New years eve with 2014 and resolutions on the horizon this was something I could relate to and see myself sticking to.
So I folowed suit deciding to get out on the water at least once each month doing which ever water sport I could.
Being a surfer first, January started with a clean wave at our local Beach Newgale in Pembrokeshire Wales at this time I had started making the Wooden bodysurf handplanes so in Febuary I took a friend out for a test ride it was rough, messy, cold waves but we were both hooked.

March brought sunny crisp days and a great day out Stand up Paddle boarding with Board Games Surfing where we paddled in to the Blue Lagoon at Abberidy to learn some top tips.
Aprils Sunset surf sessions were welcomed by the local pembrokeshire surfers and it was great to see so many people out on the water together.
May became paddle month with the completion of our SUP paddles and plywood canoe we took to the water on both down at Fishguard Lower Town Harbour, the paddles performed great they felt good in the hand and pulled through the water with ease, the canoe though was interesting the narrow design took a little time getting used to.
June was full of flat seas perfect for Stand up paddle boarding I have been able to explore a fair bit of the Pembrokeshire coastline and with the Pembrokeshire Sup Club meet new people.

Collage of photos taken through out 2014 doing various activities each month
Check out the full set of pictures on Facebook

July was a hot month and bodysurfing in the cool water was a welcome break small waves and quiet beaches made for lovely evenings and some interesting photos with the sun glistening off the waves.
August summer holidays welcomes the family and friends visiting so I got to test my handplanes with lots of people in the best warm water conditions.
In September our friend from Kayak-King held a cardbord kayak competition which was a great success lots of laughs and great to see the local support for such an unusual event.
Halloween in October was a great excuse to head to the beach in fancy dress play games and bodysurf we had to brave the weather but it was a fun day.
Which brings us to the end of the year and our final bodysurfs in November and December the weather was clear and the water was warmer than we expected, we had our very last bodysurf on New years eve and was a great way to close the year out.

With work, sea conditions and just a lack of time it can be hard to get out on the sea as much as we would like but this was a great way to make the most of the conditions we had.
Our Canadian inspirer took photos to prove it so we set up a facebook album to share this check it out here

Link to the article Four seasons of canoeing

Posted in Bodysurfing, Canoeing, Pembrokeshire, Random Other Stuff, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Surfing, Workshop

Winter bodysurfing

Winter surf sessions can take a little more motivation to get out on the water but can be a rewarding experience during November and December the sky was grey the wind was cold but getting in to the water it was surprisingly warm.
We were greeted with quiet sizeable waves, a little cool but with winter wetsuits, boots, gloves and a hood it was very pleasent. I made it up to the end of November with out a hood but was very glad of it in December.

November, we had sunset sessions with the moon already risen making for an amazing evening with no wind.
November sunset at Newgale, Pembrokeshire, WalesNovember sunset bodysurf, waves and moon captured together, Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales

November bodysurf, silhouette of Newgale through the wavesNovember bodysurf, starting to get chilly but still smiling, Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales

December the hood was needed for the windier days but still the water was warmer than expected and clear and green.

December bodysurf, duckdiving in clear cool water, Pembrokeshire, WalesDecember bodysurf, looking down the line of the wave, Pembrokeshire, Wales

December bodysurf, tucking in to a small barrel, Pembrokeshire, WalesDecember bodysurf, getting engulfed by the waves, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Posted in Bodysurfing, Pembrokeshire, Surfing

Halloween, Finless Fright Fest

Finless Fright Fest event

Halloween fun at the beach for Sakura Workshops Finless Fright Fest a chance to demo some of our boards and play some beach games. We had to brave the winter weather and it was great to see those that could make it out. Fancy dress, apple bobbing and bodysurfing great fun.

Sakura Workshop Finless Fright FestFinless Fright Fest, Fancy Dress

Getting to make some products with a theme was a great these halloween belly boards were so much fun and it was great to see friends getting stuck in with face paint and apple bobbing.

Sakura Workshop Finless Fright Fest apple bobbing with dracularSakura Workshop Finless Fright Fest Fantastic face paintSakura Workshop Finless Fright Fest Belly boards ready for a demo ride
To round off the day we did a 2 min beach as a skelenton Finless Fright Fest, 2 minute beach clean
Posted in Bodysurfing, Pembrokeshire, Random Other Stuff, Surfing

Kayak-King Cardboard Kayak Competition

A different design and build project for the workshop came in the form of Kayak-Kings cardboard kayak competition. Simple guidelines for the build use only cardboard held together with environmentally friendly glue and gaffa tape for the seams.

We collected up as much cardboard as we could freely get our hands on and set to building we chose a classic kayak shape.

Sakura Workshops Cardboard Kayak ready for launching at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales

We took up the challenge seriously and keenly over tea breaks the maths of the design came together.

Sakura Workshop Cardboard Kayak planSakura Workshop Cardboard Kayak base

 

Using myself as the template for sizing, extra support and strength was built up allowing room and comfort whilst on the water, multiple layers of cardboard were used to strengthen along the lenght and edges. Once the main structure was built we took to decorating the boat with painterd cherry blossoms and racing number 7. We were really looking forward to seeing how well the boat floated but had to wait till the day of the competition.

Sakura Workshop Cardboard Kayak fittingout

Sakura Workshop, cardboard kayak painting for decoration

 

 

The competition was held down at Fish Guard, Lower town Quay, the boats were scritinised by Ant of Kayak-King and once all were gathered the first race was a sprint out around a bouy. All of the boats but one (which was built in 50mins moments before) sucssefully made it round the course in good time. Neils boat which was built in 50mins won the “Titanic” award with a spectacular launch and quite an impressive and quick sinking. We won the sprint with Kayak-King and Spearhead coming in second and third.

All the boats fit for another round headed in to the main race, a course around three bouys the simple aim of making it to the finishline. A few boats faultered to make it to the finish and were helped out by the Kayak-King rescue team but those who made it were then part of the last kayak standing destruction derby where the last boats floating were, Making headlines, Octocox and Spearhead.

The day was finished off with award presentations and a Hog roast and refreshments with Cafe on the Quay, so glad we took part it was a great day.

It was great to see so many participants and spectators for the first year and I can see that many more participants will be attending next year will we see you?

Check out Kayak-Kings blog

Check out more pictures over on Sakura worshops facebook

Get a race eye view from our youtube video

Posted in Canoeing, Pembrokeshire, Random Other Stuff, Workshop

First time bodysurfing

Summer is a great time to get out and try new water sports; with sunshine, the water is warmer and the days are longer. Giving us more opportunities to get out on the water in a more comfortable environment to get used to new kit and techniques.

An opportunity as such came up on a stunning August morning myself and a couple of friends headed out for their first bodysurf, and I can confirm bodysurfing now has two new fans.

A new fan to bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK, testing out wooden bodysurfing handplanes - For sale onlineA new fan to bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK, testing out wooden bodysurfing handplanes - For sale onlineA new fan to bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK, testing out wooden bodysurfing handplanes - For sale online

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Bodysurfing and Wave watching!

To say this summer has been flat surf wise would be an understatement to many surfers, as a bodysurfer the conditions can be less of a factor for if I’m going to bother to get in the water or not (just getting in for a swim can be as satisfying).

On the warmest day of the year mid July I just had to go to the beach and get in the sea, without checking any tides or surf reports, car already packed, leaving a hot workshop was great relief.

Pulling up to a quiet beach and spotting a couple of others heading out bodyboarding I thought it might be worth taking out my fins and a handplane for a go. On the front of my handplane I have an attachment for a GoPro water proof camera to capture the views of riding the waves. Recently I have been inspired by Hawaiian water photographer Clark Little check out his Instagram profile (the photos that follow are by no means near what he achieves but hopefully you will see the inspiration)

In between the waves I chose to ride I had a go at capturing some of the waves as they were breaking, trying out different settings on the camera resulting in over 1500 stills stored on the SD card, that will mean a lot of time spent going through and selecting the best.

Here are my favorites, I look forward to getting better at capturing the waves and sharing them with you

Bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire Wales, bodysurfing handplanes for sale UK

Bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire Wales, bodysurfing handplanes for sale UK

Bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire Wales, bodysurfing handplanes for sale UK

Bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire Wales, bodysurfing handplanes for sale UK

Bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire Wales, bodysurfing handplanes for sale UK

Bodysurfing in Pembrokeshire Wales, bodysurfing handplanes for sale UK

 

 

Posted in Bodysurfing, Pembrokeshire, Surfing

Summer, SUPping, SUPping TIME!

Evening StandUpPaddle out of Little Haven Pembrokeshire with my Wooden SUP Paddle, Buy online

Summer has arrived and its brought a lovely high pressure with it, flat seas and sunshine a perfect time to get out and Stand Up Paddle board. Pembrokeshire SUP Club have provided the perfect opportunity to get out paddling in new areas and meeting new people.

Evening SUP out of Little Haven Pembrokeshire with my Wooden SUP PaddleEvening SUP out of Little Haven Pembrokeshire Wales with my Wooden SUP Paddle, Buy online

Getting to see all the other water users out was a great plus, in the picture on the right there is a rowing crew and a swimmer.

I am really liking using my wooden SUP paddles they feel great to use and every one loves seeing them.

Evening StandUpPaddle out of Little Haven Pembrokeshire with my Wooden SUP Paddle

Posted in Pembrokeshire, Stand Up Paddleboarding

Go Paddling

Sakura Workshop, Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online
May became Paddle month in the workshop with new wooden Stand up Paddle board paddles taking shape, two different methods of blade construction led to some cool discoveries with the behavior of wood and fiber glass.

Paddle making is one of my favorite parts of the woodworking I do and I was really looking forward to getting started on these paddles. Firstly jigs and stencils were made up for the shaft, grip and blade.

Once all the timber was cut and cleaned up to size the first stage is laminating the shaft to include a cranked blade; the blade is set at 10 degrees to the shaft to aid the catch of the paddle stroke.

  • Laminating the paddle shaft, Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online
  • For sale Sakura Workshop, Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
  • Ready to glue on the wood for the paddle blade, Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online

Once the glue has set and all the excess cleaned off, the blade and grip sections can be glued in place this is where the final size of the paddle is calculated, this is individual for every paddler.

The final shaping is the best part cutting and planing the rough shape first and then working to get the right shape and finish on the blade and grip, finishing with the rounding of the shaft using techniques taken from boat mast and oar making.

  • Paddle blade shape ready to cut out for Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online
  • Tapered blade shaping on Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online
  • Grip shaping on a Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online

Sanding is a vital part of all woodworking it gives the final look and feel to the paddles the more it is sanded the smoother it feels in your hand.

As I mentioned I made a cool discovery when fiber glassing the 6mm blade the curing of the epoxy resin created the concave as seen in the picture, once I get it on the water I will be able to see how much of a cool discovery this was!

  • Fibre glassing 6mm blade on a Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online
  • Paddle blade curve of Wooden Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle, handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK - Buy online
Posted in Pembrokeshire, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Workshop

Sunset Sessions

Sunset surf session Newgale, Pembrokeshire, WalesApril arrived without the April showers and with the clocks going forward offering up that extra hour of light in the evenings the local Pembrokeshire surfers were taking full advantage.

After the big storms at the start of the year we were rewarded with stunning sunset sessions it was great to see everyone out on the water. Spring really spurs you on to get out more and we cant wait to get stuck in to our adventures this year.

 

Cherry wood canoe paddle, hand made in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Standing on Broadhaven beach Stunning sun throughout the month really great for showcasing our paddles, Broad Haven beach pictured is a great family beach I think we will be back here a few times over the summer.

Posted in Canoeing, Pembrokeshire, Surfing
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