DAILY BUILDERS TIP
Did you know that Sugar Maple, grown in northern Canada is the best skateboard building material available? It is 10% stronger than maple grown in the North Eastern States. It is all because of our longer, colder Canadian winters.
If it's snowing in your part of the country and you can't longboard ..... BUILD THEM!
Try out a cabinet scraper for taking glue and paint off of a deck.
Be prepared! When laminating any skateboard remember to have all your tools at hand. All glues have a wet time. Some are longer than others. Titebond III has one of the longest wet times, 9 minutes as opposed to 4 or 5 for regular water based woodworking glues. That extra 4 minutes makes a big difference when gluing up a deck.
For dancers that are longer than 48" you can offset 1/16" maple veneers as you laminate your deck. Butting them end to end works great. Make sure the offset of veneers is at least 16" apart.
Use a vacuum cleaner to evacuate most of the air from a TAP bag before using the manual pump.
Always use the same paint brand when painting your deck. Different paint brands are sometimes incompatible with one another.
After purchasing veneers by mail, let your veneers acclimatize to the moisture content of your shop for a couple of days before laminating them into a deck.
Keep unfinished decks out of anywhere there is a lot of heat. The outer layers are prone to cracking. Apply a sealer coat ASAP after sanding your deck.
After using your glue filled roller. Do not wash it out. Place it in a ziplok bag. It will last for weeks and be charged with glue for your next build.
Water based glue makes maple veneer more flexible. Applying water to tight bends on the top and bottom of the outer two layers will make it easier to achieve tighter bends.
Apply clear packing tape onto your foam mold to protect it from glue while pressing.
I received a great email from a teacher, Kevin Sullivan who has access to a ShopBot at his school and with his class has begun to build molds and cut out boards with it.
He also has included links to the mold files if any of you are interested in duplicating his build. Here is his letter to me and photos of the build process.
CHAMPSTILES Chris ‘Burns’ Bennett
Professional Pyrographer & Champion of Stile
I got the chance to Hang out with Chris this past winter for an afternoon. What I saw amazed me. Not only is Chris into building boards but he is a prolific artist who nonstop burns custom designs on any piece of wood he can get his hands on.
Read more …. VIDEO
We are posting information about independent skateboard builders on this site. Included are long board, street deck builders and a new Artists section. There is also an area that lists schools and youth groups that are running skateboard building programs.
If you are an independent builder or artist and would like to be included in this list, please email me with information about yourself, your website and your email address. Include some pictures of your decks, your builds and describe the building techniques you most often use. The process of building decks listed here is varied from two part molds to vacuum bagging. Show us your stuff!
We will also host a Builder of the Month on this site. Each month a featured skateboard builder is highlighted.
RED Longboard Builders
Yellow Streetdeck builders
Green School builders
Scott McCallum, Will White
Christchurch, New Zealand
Pulse Longboards is made up of two kiwi blokes from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand.
Paul-Britman Rapai, Blacklock Longboards
Norah and I spent a Sunday with Paul on his family run farm which is located in Southern Ontario, Canada around Langton. We got to meet his wife, young son and two cats while we were there. We were treated to lunch, a walk around his woodworking shop and a look at his large stockpile of domestic woods.
BC Longboards are located in Oklahoma City, OC. Bryant Cooper does bamboo like no one else and his graphics are amazing.
Lisa Farrows, Artist
GET Longboards, Tyler Finses
Tyler’s company GET Longboard will custom make a longboard for you. You can pick from a number of great shapes they have created.
My name is Stewart Hodgins. I started building longboards because I couldn’t afford to buy a store bought one.
Builder of the Month, RS SKATEBOARDS Ryan Snider December 2010
Ryan Snider lives in Bixby Oklahoma and has a way with manipulating wood into one-off wonders. Meticulous does not come close to describing his fantastic talent for detail in both shape and function.
HEISEFACTOR, Brian Heise
Brian Heise is a board builder who lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada. Have a look at the video he sent us. Great boards, great builder!
Read more …. VIDEO
Ryed longboards is a small venture created in a basement in Windsor, CO September 2009 with my very first build. It’s a passion turned hobby, turned legitimate business opportunity.
Builder of the Month November 2010
Bombora Boards, Rob DeFreitas
Rob DeFreitas from Bombora boards got into board building when he entered an Ontariolongboarding.com Grip Extravaganza contest hosted by Roarockit. He placed first and won the materials and tools to build his first board. Since then, his stylized wave logo has seen many a hill around Toronto, Ontario.
Read more …. VIDEO
Outdoor Education/Shop teacher
The shop is called CA Cycle but tuning and donating bikes is just a small part of what we do. My kids learn to tune skis and snowboards, they learn basic woodworking skills building birdhouses, they make furniture out of bike parts and skis, they build skateboards and customize logos for them, they string rackets and more…
BUILDER OF THE MONTH August 2010
BOHDANA BOARDS Joey Bidner
I have known Joey for a number of years. My first introduction was when he came to Roarockit to learn about vacuum bagging. Joey lives in Ottawa Canada and is well know in his community for organizing weekly skateboard events that bring local riders together.
Great Logo, Great boards …. What more can I say!
BALANCE LONGBOARDS Tom Henderson
Focused on creating functional works of art that can be skated all day.
Michael has been our in house board builder at Roarockit for a number of years. The combination of his deck building talents and his graphic design background makes his decks very desirable. Michael is a Graphic Design graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. His boards can be seen on the walls of Bustin Boards (New York), Longboard living (Toronto) and Roarockit Skateboard Company (Toronto).
Kevin lives in Barrie Ontario Canada and is well known for building one off radial drop downhill race boards. Kevin is an avid racer and promoter of outlaw downhill races in the Barrie area. Kevin at times is an in house Roarockit builder and is represented by Longboard Living (Toronto, Canada)
It is great to be associated with the long board making community when there are individuals like Everett McCord….aka..TWITCH. Everett’s homegrown company NIGHT SKATEBOARDS
Erika Fletcher uses marquetry to enhance some great deck designs. She lives in Brighton UK.
Craig Morrisson at the TDSB, teaches students at the Oasis Alternative Secondary School in Toronto Canada. Over the last number of years Craig has developed a great program called the Oasis Skateboard Factory.
Founder Steve Larosiliere, along with Co-founder, Sal Masekela believed that the courage and perseverance needed to learn action sports would be an ideal way to teach those life skills to at –risk and disadvantaged youth.
We are longboard builder located in Atlanta, GA.
I’ve attached a photo of riding , our workshop at university, and some boards that have been made.
Nashawtuck Longboards is a small skater-owned longboard manufacturer in the Boston area.
To say the least, David Cindrich is a master at designing and building aluminium longboards and trucks.
Here at GreenStreet we pride ourselves on maintaining a very organic & natural philos0phy to the construction of our decks,
Skate Deck Creations (SDC) offers a completely hands on course that allows you the opportunity to make your very own skate or longboard deck.
Jim Hotchkin lives in Lubbock, TX and builds boards for local riders.
One of the nicest guys you can meet. Norah from Roarockit spent some time with Fatboy a while back. She is still talking about him!
I met Jesse while he was in Toronto at the Harbourfront Center. He was invited to do a talk about homegrown. . During his talk it was obvious Jesse is all about keeping it local.
LONGBOARD COLLECTIVE Hanover High School
Being a teacher I was particularly interested in the Longboard Collective 4 day deckbuilding course. Their decks were built using solid wood, cut and shaped into beautiful cruisers. KevinLavign says the event will be run for a second year, this March. Their blog and website is full of great pictures and information about the build.