San Francisco Bay Area native and Cape Cod resident, Michael Duvall began, at the age of 9, racing sailboats with his Father and Grandfather on San Francisco Bay. Since getting the bug early on, he has spent his life working on and around sailboats. From taking care of, and racing boats on a local, National, North American and International level, to working for three different sailmakers, to opening his own loft in his parents’ garage, aptly named “Garage Sails”, to working as a boat builder building fiberglass sailboats, he has spent over five decades doing the work he loves most.
For the last 25+ years, he’s worked as a yacht rigger, working both on boats as well as in rigging shops. One of his many duties was constructing the myriad of lines, ie: halyards, sheets, and guys required on a sailboat. At the same time he worked in one of these rigging shops, the need for a durable and aesthetically pleasing leash for Summer, the family’s yellow Lab, arose. Using the same materials and techniques as the lines he was building for boats, Duvall then came up with the idea to build the leash in the style of a halyard. Upon seeing his creation for the first time, family and friends immediately asked Duvall to make leashes for their dogs. Hence, Howlyards was born!
Since 2020, Duvall and the team at Howlyards have proudly been making their leashes, with the hope that you and your dog enjoy their products as much as they enjoy making them for you.