Grain Surfboards began in York, Maine in 2005 when a few environmentally conscious surfers addressed the disconnect of communing with nature on a disposable foam board and committed to building their own with sustainable materials designed to last a lifetime. The process is enjoyable and meditative, primarily utilizing hand tools, time, and patience, fostering a deep relationship with your board. Grain Surfboards NY opened in Amagansett in 2015 to share the stoke with the NYC metro area and Long Islanders. Grain hosts workshops for participants to build and shape their own wooden surfboards, skateboards, and handplanes and offer unique team building experiences. Surfboard kits and skateboard kits are made to order; available for local pick up or shipping within the US. Build it, Surf it. Shape it, Skate it. grainsurfboards.com/ny
Mary Jaffe creates functional and sculptural ceramics from her Bridgehampton studio, altering the traditional form by using patterns and textures inspired by the East End's beaches and farmland. Mary celebrates the importance of these landscapes and collects shells, rocks, seed pods and gourds, which inform her iconically-shaped vessels and, at times, serve as textural stamps in the clay. She has been teaching for the past twenty years instructing workshops at various schools and community organizations, and working with students to explore clay with a foundation in traditional tools and methods. "Working with clay can be meditative and has helped me throughout the pandemic. My work process has slowed down as I switch from using an electric pottery wheel to using my hands to pinch, coil, roll and press the clay at the table....I feel more connected to the material." maryjaffe.com
Montauk artist Peter Spacek has worked as an illustrator for most of his adult life creating freelance images for magazines, newspapers and book publishers. He also worked for ad agencies on print and animation campaigns, and cartoon character development. Peter is the editorial cartoonist and illustrator for the East Hampton Star and East magazine. He also scrimshaws (google it) on old, discarded surfboards, re-inventing a mostly lost art form. He has a large truck/van to haul old boards that has become a small roving gallery/studio. Look out for it hogging parking spots near your favorite surf break. peterspacekart.com
Stick + Stone
Stick + Stone is comprised of husband and wife duo, Aynsley Kate + Brian Schopfer, also of Grain Surfboards, NY. Their work includes custom furniture, framing, and fine home accents are handcrafted in their Amagansett shop from a well-curated selection of New England hardwoods and repurposed lumber. Their line of wine barrel mirrors and swings, as well as the Fleury Table and Heirloom Console, were featured at Eleven Madison Park's offshoot EMP Summer House in East Hampton 2017 and 2018.
Handmade cedar greeting cards and invitations, cedar grilling planks, and beach bonfire starter kits are made from cut-offs and all part of their shared initiative with Grain: waste no waste. They repurpose as many materials as possible~ even a local ceramicist uses the shop's wood dust to fire up her raku pottery! Hosted by Stick + Stone at Grain Surfboards NY is The Gallery, an exhibition space for local and global artists. stickandstone.org