Mom and Dad have always been supportive of what I'd like to do. As it turns out, what I wanted to do was be a part of the skate community. However, minor scoliosis has caused debilitating pain due to the curve of my spine effectively forcing one leg to be shorter than the next. Instead of giving up on my desire to be a part of this awesome community, I found that creating skateboards and art is the perfect way to participate.
My first skateboard was a 2008 Hannah Montana band-aid board. I was 10, I had a blast, and I tried to go everywhere. Unfortunately, the skateparks in the Region (SouthEast of Chicago), much like the rest of the country, were dominated by male skaters who seemed uncomfortable sharing the skate-scape. I, too, found it very difficult not to be intimidated. Not only were these skaters quite good, but I felt that girls weren't invited to skate, and, therefore, shouldn't be. Look pretty and watch the boys, yes. Push around, doing their own thing, no.
As I continued to grow from that little girl with the Hannah Montana deck, I also become interested and active in art. My Dad gave me lots of pointers and eventually, I purchased my own supplies. I was ecstatic!
At times, my love for art and for skateboarding competed with each other quite heavily. I either had time for one and not the other, or vice versa. It was at this time that my Dad became aware of a woodworking school that had skateboard building classes for parents and their children. My brother enrolled the first year. When he returned home, he brought this beautiful 7-ply band-aid shaped deck made of Curly Maple, Mahogany, and Cherry. I have to admit, I was kind of jealous. Thankfully, the next year was my turn.
We learned everything!
Starting with machine safety, we learned how to:
1) select the best material from the current supply,
2) how to picture the graphic design in your head,
3) re-create it accurately
4) apply it to the board
5) how to determine the best grain placement
6) best gluing techniques, and
7) probably most important, patience.
It wasn't long after we got back home that we decided to invest in home shop equipment that would allow us to make our own skateboards, strictly as a hobby. As time went by, we received rave reviews on our decks. Every one of our customers were so kind and complementing. Unfortunately, we have outgrown our small garage and getting American Hard Maple delivered to our residence has become increasingly difficult. This is especially true, having only one Maple supplier that met our quality standards. So, we began our search for a Made in the USA supplier. To date, we work with several home grown shops and continue to look for competitive relationships that share our passion for community.