Save The Children #1: The Skateboard

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 09-25-2007 09:43 PM 2426 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having the pleasure of building at skateboard deck at Roarockit, with Ted and Norah, was just the beginning of my journey with the “Save the Children” challenge.

My pleasure turned to great joy when my son was fascinated by the skateboard deck and it became his birthday present. His request for artwork was the logo of the company he works for, and nothing else. The addition of “the wolf” would be the only other design on the board.

As we discussed the design it crossed my mind that a second board could make its way to BC with my son, who could then facilitate the silent auction process with his co-workers. He agreed and the vision of a second board started to take place.

Last Saturday, I attended the Grand Opening of the Roarockit Skateboard Deck School and planned on purchasing the kit I needed. What a surprise I got, when Ted and Norah said that they were donating it towards the cause! The gift of giving is already growing beyond expectations! Thank you, Ted and Norah, for the unexpected and wonderful donation.

Monday, I glued the veneer together and let it sit over night in the vacuum bag.

Yesterday, I sanded it

Today, I used my woodburning tools to add my wolf logo ….

... and some foot prints on the underside of the deck.

Next step: primary layer of finish

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 09-25-2007 10:02 PM

Looks a whole lot nicer (& Safer) that the steel wheeled version I had in my youth…(back in the 60’s)!

I painted Alfred E Newman on mine…From Mad Magazine fame….What me worry?

After playing chin music with the asphalt a couple of times, I learned how to ride. Showed my son a trick or two. The new ones are much easier to ride.

Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 09-25-2007 10:02 PM

wow! that turned out beautiful, gets me all msD-eyed… kinda reminds me of how julicat and i code sign our emails with a dog’s way of saying “i love you!”


-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#3 posted 09-25-2007 10:04 PM

Very nice Deb.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-25-2007 10:11 PM

Very nice, good job.


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#5 posted 09-25-2007 10:48 PM

I wish my David Andrect board had a wolf on it way back when. Great board!

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#6 posted 09-26-2007 12:16 AM

yeah, those old sims boards like the brad bowman and the dave andrecht. would be nice to ride that again one day. hmmmmm… gives me an idea for my next roarockit build.

thanks buckskin!

-- whoever invented the hole... knew nothing.

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#7 posted 09-26-2007 02:48 AM

I love it!

Very clean design, simple yet classy.

Wow, now that I think of, it’s been like 25 years since the last time I rode one of these infernal machines, time surely flies!

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#8 posted 09-26-2007 05:09 AM

Hi Debbie;

That’s some nice work. Those are the same footprints my wife leaves. Uh Ohh!


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#9 posted 09-26-2007 05:44 AM

Hello Debbie;
Really love your choice of materials and theme. Some kid will have himself a treasure !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 09-26-2007 06:50 AM

Too cool Deb. I love the paw prints.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 09-26-2007 12:04 PM

Thanks everyone. It was scary to put the first marks on the board. I didn’t want to mess up a beautiful board. But so far, it turned out ok

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 09-27-2007 05:39 AM

Great story and a great design.

Good job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 09-27-2007 12:12 PM

Thanks everyone :)
Hopefully I’ll get to the next step today.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 10-11-2007 04:59 PM

so here’s where the board stands …. it’s standing in the corner of my dining room, looking the same as it did when I first posted this blog. argh.

my roadblocks:
I want to put the EA Games Logo on the skateboard and since Joey wants the logo with the black circle around it on his board, I didn’t want to just paint it with black paint.

So… David suggests the waterslide paper. Perfect!! And, if I wanted to pay the $30 shipping to Canada fee that would be my plan but I’m not that financially-gifted so that’s out. (And that all took a week because my first order didn’t make it to the company and it took me a week to track that issue down.)

Backup plan #2
Use Omin-gel to create a decal. Only source located an hour’s drive away. I wait for a time when I’m already going in that direction. Another week delay.

I get the gel; try it out; and it’s ok but it says that the inkjet printers do not provide the best images. Delay.

Backup plan #3
Take the file to a printing place and have them print it out with a colour printer. I also have a coloured image that I want to use for the STC skateboard.
They hit “print” and they get an error and they can’t print a colour image.

Backup plan #4
Just give me a black/white image.

Backup plan#5
while I’m at the store I find window decal paper/plastic that you can print on. Hmm I wonder if this would work? I glue it to the skateboard with a clear glue (the Omni-gel says it can be used as a glue as well) and then put a coat or two or three of poly over top. Hmm maybe! I buy the package.

I put the paper into the printer and hit print—- ah.. no “yellow” ink so the black printing won’t work either. I now have to wait until I go back to town again to buy some ink.

In the meantime I use the Omni-gel on the black print copy. It’s in the drying stage. We’ll see how that turns out.

Time is ticking by. I still have to send the skateboard to BC and have Joey do the “silent auction” process. How many days do I have left???

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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