Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Prices Reduced! Now Exclusively On-Line!

We have made the conversion from Retail shop and Online Vendor, to exclusively On-line.  Now we are able to reduce our prices, as we no longer have to deal with retail shop pricing.  Clear and Single color handplanes are now selling for $125 and Custom Stained Handplanes are selling for $160! Everything is available in the Brownfish On-line Store.  Many new options to choose from.  Clear, Single color, Custom Stains, all ready to order. Any model is available in any stain you see. Just order the stain job you like, then email us and let us know the model you want it in.   If you would like to order something that you don't see, feel free to email us at:  To Browse the online store, click here:

Are Re-Used Foam and Fiberglass Handplanes Really more Envioronmentally Friendly?

Yes they are stripping surfboards and making blanks out of old foam, but they are still impregnating fiberglass to seal them.  Doesn't matter if it's biodegradable epoxy, it will still take many more years to break down in a landfill then wood with a oil finish or water-based clear coat.  Paulownia wood is extremely fast growing and considered a weed in some parts. It can grow up to 20 feet in one year when young, and can be harvested for saw timber in as little as five years. Meaning it is highly regenerative as a building material.  Taking all of that into consideration, we think we have a more Environmentally Friendly product!  Don't buy into the RE-USE hype.  It's a marketing scam.

All Brownfish Handplanes are made of Paulownia Wood, Waterborne environmentally conscious finishes, and Custom, adjustable handstraps. They are made from the best materials we have found in our obsession of handplanes.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brownfish Palm Pilot Model

Something new, something fun! You just might want to get your palm in one! Use one, use two, low and behold, the lip is over you! The Brownfish Palm Pilot Model!

Designed for the serious bodysurfer as an extension of the hand.  Easy to swim with, good direction control, and just enough planing surface vs deep channels, to add the control you need.

We started making these super small planes for the super skilled many years ago, many laughed, then a few years later, started making them also.  

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Barrel Rider Model

This is what I use 90% of the time in almost anything with a bit of power.  This is pretty much my GO-TO handplane!  Dimensions have changed over the years, but, as of now, we are pretty set on 7 1/4"x 12".  Deep channels run from just after the nose rocker through the tail. This gives you the kind of hold that a single concave just can't compare to.  COMPARE OUR DEEP CHANNELS TO ANY OF OUR COMPETITORS SINGLE CONCAVES IN HOLLOW SURF, AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED HOW MUCH MORE FUN YOU ARE HAVING.  Test results in dreders has yielded some very positive results. It takes over for the Hobbit when the surf gets smaller, but still hollow. With that being said, it performs well in the bigger stuff too, without becoming a liability.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Hobbit

Many good bodysurfers asked, for quite some time, when I was going to come out with a small handplane/board. These are the kind of guys and girls you will see sliding along effortlessly without any type of planing device. They can use their hand or a swimming paddle and slide along better than I, using a big planing device. They truly want something that is mainly an aid to their already impressive skills. Something that won't be a liability at big Wedge or Pipeline. Here is my offering. Dubbed "The Hobbit" by my wife Rebecca. It measures 9.5" long by 7.5" wide and pretty much goes from your fingertips (at the nose) to the base of your thenar eminances(your hand).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Short and Fat

This is a great all around handplane. It does everything I feel a handplane should. The Short and Fat planes really well, but also keeps you really high on a steep face.  If I'm not sure which model to use in the conditions, I usually pick this one.   Measures 12" x 7.75"