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The creation of the skateboard decks (shown in the project photos) has been a labour of love: the deck on the right is a birthday present for my son who works at EA Games in BC and the one on the left is being donated to our ""Save The Children Fall Philanthropy Event.

The Wood
The deck is made from several layers of maple veneer, donated by Ted & Norah at Roarockit. com A big thanks goes to Ted & Norah for their contribution, not only for the donation of the materials but also the lessons on using their vacuum press to form the shape of the deck.

The Underside
The underside of the deck has a wolf track leading across the bottom to the "wolf" logo, which I add to all of my projects. The tracks and the wolf were added using pyrography (woodburning).

The Top Side
The top of the deck has an "EA" logo decal added to the surface. (Again, the one on the left is the one being donated for the challenge.)

Here is a close-up of the donated skateboard logo:


The Finish
The deck is finished with several layers of waterbased wipe-on poly, giving it a beautiful shine and hard surface to protect the wood.

The Fundraiser
The skateboards will soon be making their journey across the country (from Ontario to BC) where my son will facilitate a silent auction for the donated deck. It will be on display in his office.

note: to be on the safe side re: copyright issues both boards went to my son as a gift and a financial donation was made directly to the fundraiser event).

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pretty cool! nice work. did you do any research as to what skateboards use for finish on the underside? the seem to have some type of slick film that aids in sliding on stuff.
 

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I commend you & your son deb, we need more people like you! Beautiful job on the logos & the decks look great!
 

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Nice job Debbie … where are the skates ?
 

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Nice Deb!
 

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Dan, according to my grandkids there are no skates on a skateboard.

You add trucks and to the trucks you add expensive bearings that are attached to even more expensive wheels.

Do any of you remember when we only had skates that clamped to the toe of your shoes and strapped around your ankle? And the skate key you wore around your neck on a lanyard or just a piece of string?
We would take them apart, nail or screw them to a board that we nailed a fruit crate to (that we got free at the grocery store) and nailed a handle across the top of the fruit crate. Viola, a skateboard.

Sneakers were not strong enough to clamp the toe.
 

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Very nice Deb.
 

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Thanks everyone :) I'm pleased with the results.

Josh: the original intention of the boards was 1) experience with the Roarockit kit) and then 2) to be a decorate item, so, no, I didn't do research re: the fine points of deck building.

I have been asked by family members if I was adding the wheels as well. Now, that I DID research and read that the choice of wheels is a very personal choice (with tons of options). So, no wheels.

Sawdust2: I have to say that I don't remember the skate key around the neck although I do remember the skates with the leather strap to buckle them on. One size fits all.
 

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Admirable work Debbie - for a good cause too.
 

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Hi Ms. Debbie;

Very commendable! Great work!

I have to ask, (maybe I missed something) what's the significance of the wolf?

Bravo!

Lee
 

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lol thanks :)

I think those two are the last EA boards I'll be making :)
 

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Very nice. How are you selling this?
 

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my son was to take it to work …. there was a little discussion with his boss re: whether the company would approve this so a straight donation is being made.
 

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HI Debbie,
Small world… I was at the EA studio in Burnby/Vancouver for a couple of years in the Motion Capture studio. I moved down to Microsoft for Xbox and am now doing my own art. You can now see how I got my canadian experience and interest in native culture.

Nice work, I thought you had been doing it longer.
 

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small world indeed! My son is loving his job - it's what he's wanted to do since high school so, of course, I'm thrilled that he found this job so soon in life.

Your career path has been a fascinating one - congrats!!

And thanks re: such a nice compliment! :)
 

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I had forgotten about these-I can't believe I actually made these.
 
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