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Do Make

The power of your own two hands.

James Otter

We are all makers. From brewing our morning coffee to folding a paper aeroplane, we find it satisfying to create something that didn’t exist before. And it isn’t just about the outcome. Making requires us to slow down and become absorbed in the process: an antidote to our fast-paced world.

James Otter is an award-winning wooden surfboard maker with a passion for craftsmanship — and the ocean. In Do Make, he invites us to rediscover the joy of making. By using our hands to transform natural materials into objects of beauty and utility, we reconnect with our creativity, our environment, and back to ourselves. Learn about:

  • Preparation: what to make, where and how to get started
  • Process: learn to trust it and let go of perfection
  • Power: develop confidence in your natural skills and ability 

With incredible photography, plenty of encouragement and even a ‘how to’ guide to make your own handplane to take bodysurfing, Do Make reminds us that nothing quite beats the feeling of having made something with our own hands.

Isn’t it time to make your mark on the world?

Paperback purchase includes a free ebook download.


Pick up this book, make a cup of tea and take a journey away from screens and obligations to one of making, trees and surfing. You might find it leads to a whole new perspective on this beautiful world we inhabit.

Hugo Tagholm, Oceana

Whatever you aspire to make this is the perfect book to guide you on your journey.

Dan Kieran, author

Lays open a world of possibilities, guiding the reader through the creative process of making. With beautiful images and stories, Do Make is a lovely book for those who make or want to start making.

Sarah James, Craft Festival

Award-winning Cornish wooden surfboard maker invites us to reconnect to our creative selves and start making things again.

The Bookseller

About the author

James is the founder of Otter Surfboards, where he designs and makes award-winning wooden surfboards that have been featured on television through Countryfile (BBC), Escape to the Country (BBC), Made in Britain (ITV) and How It’s Made (Discovery), and in The Guardian, The Times, Telegraph and GQ. As well as making wooden surfboards, he has led workshop courses for the past ten years, sharing his passion for making with others.

Product details

  • Pub date: Sept 2020
  • Dimensions: 120 x 178cm
  • Extent: 128 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-907974-86-1
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-87-8


Colour photography by Mat Arney

Paper & print details

Printed on 120gsm Munken, an FSC-certified paper

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