The Surfboard - Extra chapter
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
May 11th 2019
It was a cold day in early May. Overcast and threatening rain. I was back in Porthtowan for an Otter Surfboards event and had been invited to do a talk about my book. I had jokingly emailed James to suggest he could give me my first surfing lesson the morning before the talk, assuming he would be far too busy preparing for the evening, but he had grabbed the opportunity.
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Dear beloved supporters,
As well as the event on May 10th at Otter Surfboards HQ I'm also doing something in London the week after on May 18th at the impossibly groovy Second Home in Spitalfields. It's only a fiver. This is going to be a discussion with Soheb Panja (@Soheb) - co-founder of the awesome Courier Magazine as well as maker of happening things for Second Home - about men who are rejecting…
Event on May 10th
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Dear beloved subscribers,
I'm thrilled to be heading back down to Otter Surfboards HQ in a few weeks to be part of their annual celebration of making things from wood, eating sausages and drinking beer.
Tickets are free and as well as me talking a bit about the book Sophie Hellyer will be speaking too. She is the real surfing deal. A former British champion surfer, writer, cold water swimmer…
The Good Life
Thursday, 8 February 2018
After being up on the site for 72 days I'm finally at 100%. I don't have millions of Twitter followers and I'm not comfortable being friends on Facebook with people who are not actually my friends so I don't have thousands of followers there either. I focussed on email. Always individually addressed and never in a round robin. This took me a while, I did 5 a day but the conversion was worth it. I…
‘Japanese pull saws cut on the pull, not the push like western saws. This allows the blade to be thinner because it tenses as you cut’
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
I started by cutting out the skeleton that would become the frame. This was the first of many cups of tea...
Building the board in pictures. I arrived at the workshop early, and found this.
Monday, 4 December 2017
Up and running
Thursday, 30 November 2017
So it's coming up the end of the first 24 hours and we're closing in on 10%. Thanks to you. Don't doubt the difference your pledge has made. I've watched them all land and it's a great feeling. It's not just buying a book with Unbound. You are making something happen that wouldn't happen any other way. It's liberating as an author, but it's also an exercise in vulnerability too. I'm a big fan of vulnerability…