Ever since creating the first deck, I've taken a keen interest in making longboard decks. Not only that, I've been using the natural beauty of different wood species to spice up one or both sides of the deck.
This passion has lead me to teach several seminars and this was a result of such a class.
The student thought of the shape as well as came with an image of the totem pole that they liked to have on the board. And the process began...
The longboard deck is made from nine 1/16 Canadian hard maple veneers that were glued and pressed together in a vacuum press. The process was first developed by Ted Hunter from www.roarockit.com. And that was the easy part.
The totem pole was made using four different veneers: north american maple (white), swiss pear (dyed black), african padauk (red), and north american cherry (light brown). Each piece was handcut by the student paying close attention to following the lines on the pattern. Once done, the pattern was glued to the board. It was perfectly executed as the design falls right in the middle of the wheelbase.
The board is finished with six coats of exterior varnish to provide ample protection against the elements. In addition, the exterior varnish has UV inhibitors that prevent the cured film from breaking down. The longboard has clear grip tape on top of the board to provide safe footing for the rider.
The deck is a drop-through deck where the truck are mounted from the top of the board. This has the advantage of lowering the deck placing the rider closer to the pavement for quick pushes. The longboard is furnished with brand new Paris Trucks and 83mm x 53mm 78a durometer flywheels.
An excellent achievement for the student who has never done anything like that before. Video of the lesson can be found on my YouTube channel click here
Here are the statistics:
Length: 91.5cm (36")
Width: 25.5cm (10")
Height: 10cm (4")
Wheelbase: 76.2cm (30")
Weight: 3.5kg (7.8lbs)