Phil joined us from East London where he works as a software developer, and having worked all the way through lockdown, making a wooden surfboard with us had been a light at the end of the tunnel for him and was his first break in two years. We felt slightly guilty knowing that the 5 days of making can feel quite busy, being on your feet for most of the time, but during the first of many tea breaks outside, we discussed change being as good as a rest. This phrase definitely seemed apt for Phil as we continued into the week and cropped up more than once.
At the end of day one, Phil put out a survey to his friends on social media about which finish to have on his surfboard: matt or gloss? This is always a hot topic during a workshop week, and it was the first time it was taken to an online debate. We all have our opinions here about which finish looks cooler, and it’s always fun to be a part of any indecisiveness that occurs, but both Phil and Chris were set on their decisions, with the online results matching their original choices. Matt won the day!