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Dec 22, 2015

This 100 Year Old Church Was Converted Into a Seriously Epic Skate Park

Behold Kaos Temple, the new collaboration between artist Okuda San Miguel and Red Bull to renovate this 100 year old church into a super cool skate park. The design overhaul including all of the ramps and paintings were completed in the course of 7 days (working 12 hour days) and it was inaugurated by professional skater Danny Leon.   

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Feb 26, 2015

Sleek Desktops Made From Old Skateboard Decks

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I've seen my share of clever plywood edge furniture but nothing like these colorful desktops made from trashed skate decks. Looks like they're currently available in the Netherlands but that certainly can't stop you from taking the idea yourself! 

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Jun 30, 2014

How to: Make a Skateboard Swing

Skateboard decks are designed to support one's bodyweight yet be flexible to absorb changes. Meaning, they're kinda ideal for making other stuff to play on...like this swing project. 

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Aug 15, 2013

Video: Turning a Fallen Tree into a Handcrafted Skateboard

ManMade readers and filmaker Josh Brine created this cool video featuring Jacob and Luke Cowdin, two brothers who turned a tree that fell in their backyard into something they could skate.  

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The wood appears to be a a trunk of spalted

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Apr 23, 2012

Reimagined Skateboards by Arthur King

French artist and art director Arthur King uses a simple pair of skateboard wheels and a series of non-skateboard objects for his unique series, "La planche a roulette."

   

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Apr 04, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 04, 2012

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Squirrel Monkey created this engaging video that imagines what Facebook would look like if it were around in the 90s. Click play to watch the video in all it's VHS-taped, dial-up, Netscape-logged-in goodness.

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Australian spiders, fleeing floodwaters, have covered an entire field in a snow-like blanket of webs

Burger King released this clever ad in the Netherlands

Allan Benton makes some of the most amazing smoked food products in the US: his hams and bacon are legendary. See how he

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Jan 30, 2012

Shwood and Huf Make Cool Sunglasses from Recycled Skateboards

Shwood, makers of handcrafted wooden sunglasses, teamed up with San Francisco clothing company Huf to spend a day skateboarding through downtown Los Angeles. When one rider broke his deck, the Shwood craftsmen took the trashed plywood, laminated up, and created these amazing recycled skateboard-version of their awesome sunglasses design.

They film the whole process, showing how these beautiful pieces are glued up and made by hand. Accompanied by T. Rex's "Mambo Sun," this video's a must watch.  

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Oct 20, 2011

Guy Makes a Skateboard Deck Out of Popsicle Sticks (and You Can Too!)

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Here's your DIY interesting fact for the day: popsicle sticks are made from baltic birch. Which is an exceptionally good material for plywood - it's very strong, holds hardware well, and is the go-to material for around the shop jigs, fixtures, and furniture, as well as hobby projects like model aircraft.

So, what's an enterprising maker to do? Create a section of laminated, steam-bendable DIY plywood from the craft store staple, perfect for making a longboard skateboard from scratch.

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Jun 01, 2011

How To: Make a Longboard, a Simple DIY Skateboard

The craft of skateboard production is no small potatoes: steam-bending plywood, custom wood laminating, great mechanics, awesome art. Not surprisingly, a well-crafted deck can also net a few hundred bucks. And for good reason.

But, what if you just wanna try it out? What if you just want something simple to cruise around the neighborhood, or to misbehave with a few buddies, a scooter, and some rope?(I'll tell you that story another time).

You make your own, from simple household materials.

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Feb 03, 2011

Behind the Scenes: How Skateboards are Made

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I imagine I've spent a total of three minutes on a skateboard in my entire life. But, with their bent plywood construction and screenprinted original artwork, there's plenty reason they end up as art objects and media for contemporary designers.

What I love about this video is that each of the French company Rekiem decks are made by hand: hand lamininated, formed, cut on the bandsaw, sanded, and profiled with a trim router. While I'm sure some companies uses mechanized systems (or do they?), each Rekiem skateboard is its own woodworking project.

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This video is truly worth watching:  

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Nov 23, 2010

Skateboarding in the 1970s Was So Rad...

There are certain cultural phenomena that just capture an era spent in the city: the Harlem Renaissance, the RnB in Detroit in the late 50s and early 60s, the punk rock and new wave movements of CBGBs.

And the advent and development of skateboarding in Southern California is as evocative as any. Cataloged in the amazing Dogtown and Z-Boys, we're equally lucky that  "Hugh Holland was around to capture the magic. Holland’s collection of photography in Locals Only chronicle the youth skateboard scene from 1975-1978 with everything from action shots to playful candids, all in the sun-faded glory you can expect from photos in this region."

  

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Jul 14, 2010

The World's Largest Skateboard

The World's Largest Skateboard

The World's Largest Skateboard, built by California Skateparks, is twelve and a half times the size of a standard issue piece. It's a full thirty-six feet long, nearly nine feet wide, and three and a half feet tall, making it the size of a city bus.

"Normally The World’s Largest Skateboard is ridden by several people at one time, but recently California Skateparks CEO Joe Ciaglia decided to take it a for solo ride while visiting Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania."  

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