Now this is something we’re really excited about. Since day one, we’ve dedicated ourselves to sharing this building experience with as many people as we can. We started with our HomeGrown kits, and then opened up our shop to hold week-long classes. Building something with your own two hands is rewarding in so many ways; we discovered that early on. Combine it with something that satisfies the soul, and it’s an experience you will not soon forget. Some have even told us that it’s changed their lives or helped them to look at things a little differently. That makes us happy.
For some time now, people have asked us if we’d sell full-scale paper plans for our board designs. To those so inclined, starting the building process truly from scratch is always tempting. Maybe you have some leftover wood from siding your house, or perhaps you took a tree down and had it milled up into beautiful planks. Either way, we’re here to support you.
We’re so excited to now offer full-scale paper plans for all of the designs we offer as kits. Plans include the board outline, plus keel and frames, numbered for easy assembly and marked with all the relevant information relating to hardware locations. They also include internal nose and tail templates, outside shape templates, building tips for each specific board, even a 46 page manual that covers the highlights of the process, starting with dims to mill your wood to. On top of that, we’re now also offering this same manual with all of our framesets. So no matter what stage you want to start the process at, we’re here to help.
But before you go ordering your plans, we feel it’s our duty to set some expectations so that you know what your getting into. If you’ve built a hollow board before, these plans might just be perfect for you. They’ll give you everything you need to tackle a new shape using what you learned from your previous build. If this is your first time building a board, and you’re new to this type of fine woodworking, we would strongly urge you to start with a kit or by taking a class. Once you understand the complete process, then you can take on the larger challenge of building from plans if you'd like. So please choose wisely. We want every board built to be a rewarding experience for the builder.
Now to celebrate these new plans, for a limited time, we’re offering a free set of plans of your choice with the purchase of any HomeGrown shortboard kit. Simply put the kit and plans of your choice in your shopping cart and at checkout, type in the code “paper plans”, and we’ll take the price of the plans right off your order.
Have fun and enjoy the process, no matter where you choose to start from.