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WITH THE GRAIN: Mike LaVecchia, president and founder of Grain Surfboards, stands outside his shop next to a book-matched beauty he built.

Photography by Mark Marchesi

Locally Grown

Carving boards and waves with the maker of all-wood Grain Surfboards.

By Peter smith

Mike LaVecchia and Brad Anderson own Grain Surfboards, a small company on the coast of Maine making wooden surfboards and DIY surfboard kits from sustainably cut, locally milled northern white cedar. Born in LaVecchia’s basement in 2005, the company now employs seven people.

The handmade boards are computer-designed to maximize the efficient use of the wood — to “save some trees but ...

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