Skateboard Production

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Skateboard Production

HOW SKATES WERE MADE, AND HOW THEY ARE MADE TODAY

Skateboards are made from hard maple wood that, generally, comes from the Great Lakes region of North America. The average tree that is used for the production of a skateboard is 60 to 80 years old.The logs are sent to a veneer mill where they are stored for up to 3 months.Before being cut, the logs are soaked in hot water for 24 hours in order to soften up the pores of the wood. About 10% of a skateboard deck’s weight is water. Think about that the next time you are skating on a hot day and get thirsty.The time it takes for a board from being cut down in the forest to be sold in a skateshop is anywhere between 3 to 6 months.The reason skateboards are still made of wood is mainly the price.

In the early 70s few skateboards were made, and those that were came from toy companies. Technology was barely developed. Decks  were made from fiberglass and various plastics. By the mid 70s skateboarding was growing fast, and opportunity attracted new manufacturers who brought and tested new ideas. By 1978 board making was a factory-based, and skateboard manufacturers were everywhere. It wasn’t until skateboarding suddenly died in 1979 that the number of woodshops decreased. Only a few of the stronger manufacturers survived, and it wasn’t until the mid 80s, when skateboarding began to grow again, that the number of deck manufacturers followed.


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