Welcome To Black Dog Design, Inc.

Our business is the manufacture and installation of custom fabric coverings for both marine and home projects.  Whether you are looking for boat or boat trailer covers to protect your investment from the elements, bimini tops for boats or awnings for your home to block the sun or rain, or special coverings for windows or decks, we are here to help.  We can also update the upholstery in your boat, and we are now replacing snap-in carpet in boats as well. As a custom shop, we generally need access to your boat, trailer, or home from which to work.

In addition to custom fabric work, our expanded store includes the Big Green Egg cooker along with “Eggcessories” to go with it, and we are carrying art work and decorative items, many from local artists.  Come to the Store from time to time to see what’s changed!

Jan and Mike Copeland

Jan and Mike Copeland of Black Dog Design

Through the pages here, we hope to introduce you to both the scope and quality of our work and the products we sell.  We encourage you to look through the photo galleries within these pages to learn more about our business.  If you have any questions about any of our custom work or other products, we would love to hear from you.

And, of course, if you have a project in mind with which we can help, please do not hesitate to call, email, or to come by our store to discuss what we can do for you.  We certainly appreciate your business, and we will ALWAYS do our best to make sure you are completely satisfied with our custom products.

 

Thank you for visiting.  We hope you enjoy your time on our site.


Recent Black Dog Design News and Stories:

An Enclosure Project For A Hunting Club

We recently uncovered some photographs of a project by Black Dog Design to enclose a porch for year-round use by a hunting club in southeast Arkansas.  Here are a few of those photos showing some details of the project.

An enclosure project for a hunting club in south east Arkansas.
This is a view of the curved rafter areas, full length clear sides, and a short side with wood at the bottom.
On the walls, the panels that go to the bottom of the walls and the ones that stop just at the wood about half way down are roll shades. The panels that are on the doors and rafter areas snap on.
The roll shades zip together and are attached to the ends of the panels to the structure with a zipper that lets them roll up.

Full view of the project. This is a porch that is to be used year round with the beautiful fireplace and all windows, doors, and walls covered.

View from inside looking out the new clear panels.

Full view of the enclosure project on an old Gin Mill. Very cool project.

Before and After – Re-upholstery For A Classic Master Craft

Jan, Mike, and the Crew at Black Dog Design are normally too busy this time of year to worry about getting before and after photographs of a project, but we were lucky this time.

The owner of this classic Master Craft runabout wanted to keep this beautiful boat, but it was definitely showing its use over the years.  So, he called Black Dog Design, and the project was underway.

Black Dog Design did a terrific job bringing this Master Craft back to life! (Click on this image to view before and after pictures of the project.)

Black Dog Design did a terrific job bringing this Master Craft back to life! (Click on this image to view before and after pictures of the project.)

The “before” photos show ripped seams and upholstery, dirty carpets, and an overall tired appearance.  The “after” photographs show you the beautiful result of Black Dog’s planning and execution of this re-upholstery project.

Click on the picture above to view a gallery of before and after photos showing off Black Dog Design’s work.  

Call us and find out what we can do for you!

An Improved Design for Boat Trailer Covers

In today’s boating world, the boat’s trailer can be as beautifully crafted as the boat.

Many of us launch a boat, put it on a lift in the slip, and then park the trailer until sometime later. Letting your boat trailer sit unprotected in the weather for long periods of time can lead to deterioration of the frame and its tires. While the boat trailer covers we construct are not inexpensive, they certainly protect your investment and keep the trailer looking brand new.

A new design in boat trailer covers from Black Dog Design.<br />(Click on this image to view more photos of the new boat trailer cover.)

A new design in boat trailer covers from Black Dog Design.
(Click on this image to view more photos of the new boat trailer cover.)

The covers are fitted as we would fit a boat cover, with drainage, ratchet and rope at the bottom for cinching tight, cover flaps for tires and rims, and coverage at the tongue.

The fabric is waterproof, has a very good life in the sun, and plenty of color options. We also use a GOR-TEX thread that does not break down in ultraviolet light.

If you are in the market for a trailer cover to protect your investment, please give us a call or come by to discuss your project.  

Thank you!

(Please note:  We must have access to your individual trailer to properly measure for a cover.  Or, You must provide us with a specific location where we can access an exact match for your trailer.)

A New Bimini For A Cruiser Headed To Florida

This Cruisers-brand cruiser is headed for Florida!  Its owner wanted Black Dog Design to design and build a new bimini top, frames, and enclosure panels that would be both flexible and durable for the boat’s new home.

The finished product installed and ready for Florida!<br />(Click on this image to view photos showing more detail of the new bimini and its construction.)

The finished product installed and ready for Florida!
(Click on this image to view photos showing more detail of the new bimini and its construction.)

Because of the environment in which the boat will reside, very careful attention was paid to the materials used in the construction process.  The new bimini/enclosure features a 1″ stainless steel frame with all stainless fittings. The fabric is Sunbrella Clarity, which is a new product from Glen Raven designed to be both waterproof and to slough-off grime on the outside in environments where fabrics are difficult to maintain. Gortex thread, which will not break down with the sun’s UV rays, was used all around. Strataglass was used for the windows, because it is a dimensionally stable product specially treated for scratch resistance, because it is very optically clear, and because of its durability and longevity in harsh environments.

Click on the image of the cruiser above to view more photos of the new bimini/enclosure and to read more about the fine details of its design and construction.

Black Dog Design Store Update – Sept. 16, 2016

It has been a long while since we updated these pages to show off some of the great items we carry in our store from local and perhaps not-so-local artists.  So, with the summer season beginning to wind down, here are some of the items we hope you will find interesting.

(Click on the images below to view larger photos.)

Hand-Woven Textiles by Barbara Page

Here is a sampling of beautiful textiles created by Mount Ida weaver and veterinarian Barbara Page. She weaves scarves, placemats, tea towels, baby blankets, etc. Barbara works with cotton, bamboo, and tensile. The best thing about Barbara’s textiles is, aside from her donating her talents and office time to the Warm Hearts Humane Society of Montgomery County, she gives all proceeds from her sales to Warm Heart!

 

Handmade Greeting Cards by Diane Edington

Handmade cards for all occasions by local artist Diane Edington. These are some of the most amazing cards ever! Diane thinks of even the smallest detail when creating her cards. Diane decorates her cards with stamps, cut outs, found objects, etc. The envelopes are even customized to go with each card!

 

Photo-inspired Prints and Cards by Rhonda McKinnon

Rhonda Mc Kinnon  is a painter from Sante Fe, New Mexico. Rhonda was inspired to create paintings from her photos of our beautiful area. Black Dog Design is offering occasional cards and frame-able art inspired by Rhonda’s paintings.

 

McCoy Knives

Local knife company McCoy Knives offers folding and fixed bladed knives, cedar boxes, Arkansas whet stones in gift packages with honing oil and a cedar or leather holder.

 

Clocks and Lake Signs From Reclaimed Wood by Shane Benton

Shane Benton has a local tile business. This very talented young man has many talents and wood work is one of them. Shane  creates clocks, lake signs, and other objects from reclaimed wood.  Shane is also one of the most creative tile layers I have seen.

 

Crystals from the Starfire Mine – Shirley and Cathy Burch

The Burch family mined the Starfire Mine for years. Shirley and Cathy Burch are sharing some of their many years of collecting treasures with us. We have quartz crystals, agate, geode, fools gold, and other minerals. There are price ranges for every budget.

 

Goat Milk Soaps and Lotions from Evergreen Acres Mini Farm

Evergreen Acres Mini Farm is a local business run by owners Tommy and Penny Walden. The couple farm organically, keep bees, and produce products from honey and wax. And, best of all, they raise these miniature goats and make wonderful lotions and soaps with their milk. Goat milk soap has great moisturizing qualities and is really healing to irritated skin.

 

Hand-crafted Furniture by Harry McMahen

Harry McMahen is a very unique furniture maker. He loves making chairs, tables, and swings that look like they would be puzzles to make. Harry leaves the wood in its natural state to be stained, varnished or painted by the new owner. He is welcome to custom orders also.

 

Randall Knives For Sale From Mike’s Collection

In addition to a number of knives for sale at Black Dog Design, Inc., both from local manufacturers, including Jimmy Lile knives, and others from Mike’s collection, Mike is making available for purchase beautifully crafted and difficult to find Randall knives. The craftsmanship in these items is incredible and has to be seen to be believed.

Come by and see for yourself!!!

Exquisite Randall Knives at Black Dog Design

Exquisite Randall Knives at Black Dog Design

Challenger Designs Cabinets – Perfect For Your Big Green Egg!

Along with the Big Green Egg, Black Dog Designs, Inc. are also dealers for a number of items that perfectly complement this best-of-all-grills!

For some time now, we have carried cabinets from Challenger Designs, and a new item now on display in the store is the “Spark” cabinet. The Spark is “an on-the-go model that beautifully supports your grill and fits conveniently into any space.”

The new Spark weatherproof cabinet for the Big Green Egg.

The new Spark weatherproof cabinet for the Big Green Egg.

We also now carry half-bags of Big Green Egg charcoal in addition to the larger 20 lb. bag, and you will find some new ideas in attachments, such as the cast-iron plate-setter.

Call or come see us for the details!

A Classic 1957 Chris Craft Reupholstery

In 2012, the Black Dog Design Team was asked to restore the upholstery of a beautiful 1957 Chris Craft runabout that had belonged to their customer’s father.  Here is the original article describing that restoration.

Most unfortunately, the boat was recently sunk, apparently due to problems in its hull’s restoration, so after the boat was cleaned, the damaged hull repaired, the engine de-watered, etc., she was returned to Black Dog Design for another reupholstery and re-carpeting job.

Looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor following beautiful reupholstery work by Black Dog Design!

Looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor following beautiful reupholstery work by Black Dog Design!
(Click on this image to view more photos of the restoration.)

As you can see, she turned out just as beautiful as before, ready to provide her family with many more years of wonderful memories.

Drop Skirts Extend Protection From The Sun

This customer’s boat was really getting beat up by the sun on its port side.  Adding a custom drop skirt to the existing cover can help prevent fading and damage.

 

This custom drop skirt blends with the manufacturers covers and protects the sides of the boat from its nose all around, including the swim platform.

This custom drop skirt blends with the manufacturers covers and protects the sides of the boat from its nose all around, including the swim platform.