I came across the company Grain Surfboards by chance while reading a random surf magazine. Grain Surfboards make custom wooden surfboards in the coastal town of York, Maine. In addition to the boards that they make, Grain also sells surfboard kits so you can enjoy the art of crafting your own wooden board. Each kit comes with planks of white cedar, a pre-cut keel (the shape) and a how-to manual — The rest is up to you.
The board (see below) took me 11 months to finish, and a bit more money then I would like to admit. When I started building the board I had no real previous knowledge of wood working or surfboard design. The process had me learning how to use tools that I had never even heard of. I put my fiberglassing skills to work for the first time, and fell in love with the idea of a wood surfboard.
The surfboard I built was a 6′-4″ fish named by the guys at Grain as the “Wherry” (I brought the finished board to their shop in York). I took the board out in the ocean for the first time a couple days ago in good, clean, chest high waves. The board road great and had a smoother feel than any my foam boards. The best part is how it looked in the water, just sick!