Last Friday, it was grey and raining in Cornwall. In the true spirit of all the best British summer festivals and events, whilst the rest of the country enjoyed glorious sunshine and temperatures in the twenties, the weather reverted to winter down here just as we prepared to welcome visitors to our first “Boards, Bangers and Beers” open evening at the workshop. Friday afternoon was a busy one as we made final preparations for a fully booked “build-your-own” surfboard course starting on the Monday morning (it’s just finished and we have three lovely new surfboards on their way to the laminators) and tried to tidy and sweep up the workshop ready for visitors. We strung up some lights, set the projector up on the bed of the bandsaw and hurried out to find paper cups to serve beer in.
Despite the persistent drizzle, we had a fantastic turn out and welcomed lots of inquisitive people through our doors. Friends from the beach who have never been up here came to check out our workshop for the first time and there were plenty of lovely folks who had built our event into a weekend visit to Cornwall. At 6pm James tapped the first keg of Blackheads Mild from the Driftwood Spars Brewery in St Agnes, whilst local chef Ben Quinn and his sous-chef Darren lit the barbeque and lined up the Dunkirk Farm sausages. Music played, people started to arrive, and a little later on we played our friend Romaine Juchereau’s film “Behind the Tide”. We had a lovely evening meeting new people, and catching up and sharing beers with friends. We hope that all of you who made it along enjoyed yourselves, and hopefully we’ll do the same thing next year for anybody who couldn’t make it along this time around.
Keep scrolling down for a visual record of our Friday of “Boards, Bangers and Beers”:
People were spilling out of the workshop doors!
Bangers (from our friends at Dunkirk Farm)…
And Beers (from Driftwood Spars Brewery, just down the hill in St Agnes)…
Ben, multi-tasking and keeping everybody well fed.
It turns out that the workshop scrubs up pretty well, and that our trestles can be used as display racks and benches!
Rowena and Penny chose this weekend to collect the Woodburner that they made with us.
Projecting Romain Juchereau’s “Behind the Tide” onto the workshop wall.
No need for introductions, we’ve got our names on our cups…James sharing a laugh with Riz from Riz Boardshorts.
When it got dark and the mood lighting kicked in, the workshop looked more like a bar.
Thanks to everyone who stuck around to make an evening of it and helped us finish the beer!