Beyond The Cask: These gorgeous surfboards are made from Whiskey Barrels

19 September, 2018

Grain Surfboards and Glenmorangie have formed an unlikely partnership to created a series of limited edition wooden surfboards made from former Glenmorangie Original whisky casks. Staves or wooden planks from the white oak casks in which Glenmorangie spirits are matured get a new life as surfboards. Each of these wooden surfboards uses wood from 12 Glenmorangie oak staves as well as Grain’s signature material, Maine-grown northern white cedar, and reclaimed western red cedar.


“People often ask us what happens to those casks after their whisky-making life is over,” said Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks at Glenmorangie. “Beyond the Cask is our way of working with people who share our creative vision, passion and patience, to take this wood on another step in its journey.”


These special boards are not only hand finished, they are also ‘bookmatched’ to ensure continuity of the pattern of the grain. "Barrel staves are curved in every direction with not a parallel edge in sight. They're curved top to bottom, cupped side to side, wider in the middle then at the ends, and the edges of the staves are beveled to match the radius of the barrel. To our surprise each stave is also saturated with scotch. Not only did we have to find a way to mill the wood, we had to dry it out before we could fully mill it, to account for movement during the drying process," mentions Mike from Grain Surfboards.


Each Glenmorangie Original Surfboard is made by hand in the Grain Surfboards shop in York Maine. Each board uses approximately 12 barrel staves yet only weighs a pound or two more then their full cedar counterpart.

The Boards are is priced at US$5,500. The surfboards are available for order on the Grain Surfboards website.