“In this age of ‘ever more’ and ‘ever faster’, Do Make sets out the powerful case for slowing down, reconnecting our senses and building confidence to take on new challenges. Pick up this book, make a cup of tea and take a journey away from screens and obligations to one of making, trees and surfing. You might find it leads to a whole new perspective on this beautiful world we inhabit.”

Hugo Tagholm, CEO, Surfers Against Sewage


In Do Make, James has created a book to explore the lessons, experiences and memorable moments from the ten years of running Otter Surfboards and sharing the fun of making our wooden surfboards.

A book to inspire you to rediscover the joy of making.

Learn about:
• Preparation: what to make, where and how to get started
• Process: learn to trust it and let go of perfection
• Power: develop confidence in your natural skills and ability

With plenty of encouragement and even a ‘how to’ guide to make your own handplane to take bodysurfing, Do Make reminds us that nothing quite beats the feeling of having made something with our own hands.


What People Are Saying…

“Like the author, Do Make is calm, joyous and precise. Whatever you aspire to make, this is the perfect book to guide you on your journey.”

Dan Kieran, CEO of Unbound

“A powerful, soulful little book. Like a seed, it keeps growing.
Deceptive in its size and brevity, you can read it quick or slow. Take the slow and savour.”

Chris Hines, MBE

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    In this age of ‘ever more’ and ‘ever faster’, Do Make sets out the powerful case for slowing down, reconnecting our senses and building confidence to take on new challenges. Pick up this book, make a cup of tea and take a journey away from screens and obligations to one of making, trees and surfing. You might find it leads to a whole new perspective on this beautiful world we inhabit.

    Hugo Tagholm, SAS CEO
  • >

    Like the author, Do Make is calm, joyous and precise. Whatever you aspire to make, this is the perfect book to guide you on your journey.

    Dan Kieran, Unbound CEO
  • >

    A powerful, soulful little book. Like a seed, it keeps growing. Deceptive in its size and brevity, you can read it quick or slow. Take the slow and savour.

    Chris Hines, MBE

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