Emily and Georgia are the two awesome women who created and founded Surf Planks, handmade modern and sustainable surf craft. They also ride motorcycles (Emily is a RSW member) and share a communal woodworking workshop, which is workshop porn if you've ever had the pleasure. Emily had some old Sydney wharf wood lying around the workshop and offered it up to us for our dining tables in the cafe, so naturally we said "yes!".
I went over in the RSW van thinking I'd just collect the timber, but instead ended up pulling them out of semi-wet storage, drying them out, de-nailing 100 year old nails, grinding wood back and trimming them with the full enthusiasm and expert help of Emily and Georgia. Not only did they give up their Saturday to help me, they also treated me pale ale and Bahn Mi pork roll for lunch!
Communal workspaces are pretty special when you get to see them, those of us who know what this feels like know how to operate together in such spaces. After our girl power session in the sun, Emily, Georgia and I bonded over stubborn wharf timber and Coopers, so when we see the timber in the RSW cafe sitting under people as they slurp ramen and drink coffee, it will be a proud moment shared.
Surf Plank run workshops on making your own hand board and more. Check them out here.