Our Promise To You

My Environmental Promise: I use Forest Stewardship Council certified woods or woods salvaged from downed trees. All boards are glassed with epoxy resin which is cleaner for our environment and emits 50-75% less Volatile Organic Compounds than polyester resin. In my shop I have moderate ventilation and no need for a mask when glassing. Epoxy is lighter and stronger than polyester. My wood boards are nearly indestructible and should last a lifetime. Each board is quality crafted for strength, durability and concern for our environment.

My Satisfaction Promise: Ride your board for 30 days. If you don't like it, return it.

CONTACT: Dan Johnston BlindDogSurfboards@yahoo.com

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Feb 26, 2012

Tom's working on a 5'8" short board

All the ribs are perfectly at 90 degrees to spar. Tom's putting a good front rocker to it and overall profile is short board, high performance. More pics as he progresses.

Often we are asked, "How strong are wood boards." They go far beyond foam. The only strength in foam boards is a wood stringer and even then it is under huge vertical loading and can fail, yes mostly in short boards but long boards are not immune to load failure. Here Tom is using tiles to load spar and ribs for mating to bottom deck. This kind of construction technique allows for better load distribution over a much larger area than foam.

Feb 23, 2012

Dylan with his new 9'4" Evo Nose Rider

His grin was ear to ear.

Jacob email me about

building a nose rider for the guy you introduced me too, I think it was Mike or Mark? I'd like to get both your email addresses.

Feb 16, 2012

8'6" Mini Mal

Received an interesting email from local surfer who's looking for something shorter/something longer. We've not made a smaller long board, Toms done few 6'6" wood and couple of foams but we have not been asked for an 8'6".  Well time to draw up something with concave nose, slight V tail. Here is first draft of ribs 6 and 7. Probably do some band sawing tomorrow.

Feb 14, 2012

This is just too dead on to pass up

From Ollie Longuet 

via Dave Gallagher Wood Surfboards www.gallagherwoodsurfboards.com

9'4" Evolution Nose Rider ready for glassing

Last night, I just could not resist sanding this puppy down to see how my book matching came out. We've been through lots of wood piles at Home Depot and Lowes and this is the first one we found with red staining along the grain. The 2"x10"x 10' was a tad heavy so knowing it would only work as a center deck area, this board was intentionally linted to just two pieces, each about 3" wide by 10'.

When you saw something that big, sometimes the wood is under internal tension and as the 1/4" strip is coming off the saw blade, I can see it starting to twist. Some are so bad they end up as scrap wood. This one was just a tad twisted, nothing few good clamps and block planing could not fix.

Rest of board is mostly Western Cedar and some really light Spruce. Right now, with fin box in, she's at 16.5 pounds meaning with glassing, she will probably come out at 23 pounds.

I've been thinking why this style of board turns so well, aside from it's Hatchet fin, it's the rails. Shaped thin, much like an Alaia board. At first I though this very pinched rail would dig in too much but it really does not. It feels like it slices through waves and just as it started to bite up the wave face, it reaches the thicker part of the rail and holds it back from going too far.

Anyway, I'll probably glass in a week or so, when it warms up enough. Need to make some decals and get ready. My epoxy is like thick syrup right now.

Lamination coat, Hot Coat is next.

Feb 9, 2012

9'10" Long Board Wall Hanger

Local Calabash resident with one sweet riding Long Board. This is different from our Evolution Nose Rider in that it doesn't have concave nose, V tail bottom profile and pinched rails. It also has more nose and less tail rocker. Actually this board rides well in choppy surf and is, with it's additional nose rocker, good for 3' + type surf but, with Tommy riding it's nose, well, one good all-around board.


Feb 5, 2012

Helping a friend

I'm selling off couple of board, just sold one yesterday, for a friend who is going through a nasty divorce. He's a great father to his kids and would do anything to make them happy...she's the one who is causing problems. Anyway, I'm selling off the following a very good prices. Both for $850 each.

Hollow wood surfboard. This is 9'6" x 23", with concave nose and slight V at tail. The rails are very pinched tad bit more than can be had on foam boards. Thin rails means a thinner board that is more sensitive, i.e. your feet are closer to the water and the leverage situation is much better than a thick one. A thick board means your feet are farther away from the bottom of the board making it more difficult to turn. This board is very easy to turn and accelerates very well. It will not loose speed as would 50/50 or thick egg rails. It is less sticky than fuller rails. The tail rocker is 4.5" and nose is 2.5". The tail has a reverse rail foil, in stead of hard flat rear rocker, this one has more like 30/70, an up turned rail. This, combined with tail rocker, helps lift the nose. This board takes about more time to construct, but is well worth that extra work. This is my daily rider, finished it last year October 5th....meaning it is used. I can remove the wax and clean it up real pretty or whatever..your call. Sold w/o fin since every board I've sold with a fin, was replaced with a favorite of it's new owner. My fin of choice is a Bing 10 1/2" Hatchet.
This 9'10" has beautifully book match Poplar  wood, it's 23 1/2" wide and 3 1/2" thick. Great board for our beaches. Rails are turned down with flat bottom for planning and pushing through sections. Stable and light underfoot.