Ben Harris is a woodworker and sailor based in Cornwall, UK, a lovely seaside town with a history of sailing, and a thriving surf scene too. Harris has a deep affinity for wood, yes, but also the connection of sailing a boat you not only made with your own hands, but also from timber cut from trees you know well. An intimacy unmatched by anything you can do with fiberglass.
We covered something similar in AJ16, the wooden surfboard building teachers of Grain Surfboards, in York, Maine. Pick up a copy of that issue, right here, to read about the satisfaction of crafting something as personal as a surfboard by hand.