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“I can’t even color in the lines of a coloring book, so if someone’s telling me I can actually shape a surfboard, I guess right now it’s just a matter of proving it. I’m not really sure I can. We’ll see how it goes.” These were the words of a tool-averse student just before starting one of Shaper Studio’s board-shaping classes. But with the help of a professional shaper, she got the hang of using a crosscut hand saw, an electric paner, and the other necessary equipment for shaping her very own board.
It might seem like an impossible task, but the founders of Shaper Studios knew that if anyone would welcome the challenge of shaping their own boards, it would be the San Diego surf community. Here, on the shores of the Pacific, they’ve set up a public workshop space where surfers and SUPers can come by for private or group lessons on shaping and glassing their own boards. Those totally averse to shaping their own can leave it to one of the staff pros, but are still welcome to come to the artist stage to paint their own board design or just to see what a paintbrush looks like.
Solaire Energy Systems can cover shingles with enough sunshine slurpers to supply electricity to homes and greatly reduce electricity bills and questions about what to do with surplus sunlight. Though prices for different systems will vary, Solaire Energy Systems has solar electric systems priced as low as $11,400 after all applicable government incentives.
Master crafter Laura opened The Bouncing Bead in 2004 to provide a creative foster home for budding beaders and bling builders. Skilled instructors lead a variety of classes in disciplines including wire coiling, classic pearl knotting, and basic beading. Each class teaches proper techniques and builds the firm foundation jewelry enthusiasts need to build the sparkles that give well-worn garments the freshness of a coconut picked straight from the tree. Prices vary per course, but typically average between $25 and $50; students can register online, by mail, by phone, or in person. View a complete calendar listing of upcoming workshops here.
With more than 29 years of vice-clamping and drip-drying experience, husband and wife team Johnny and Terri Ciampoli oversee the fast and friendly water wards of TCP. TCP tackles a plethora of home-plumbing issues, and Groupon holders can indulge in its sage services for general-plumbing inspection and labor ($81/hour Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) or get on-site estimates for larger remodeling projects (verbal estimates given for jobs under $500). No matter what the service, TCP will deftly maneuver to return toilets, tubs, and aqueducts to their pristine and clean-piped existence.