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The Architecture of the Skateboard: A 5 Day Workshop Dedicated To Making Your Own Longboard (Winter Break 2/18/2013 - 2/22/2013)

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 209 Essex St Salem MA 01970  See map


Students will spend five mornings or five afternoons designing and then constructing a high-performance longboard, including trucks, wheels and bearings. This class is being offered over winter break (Feb 18th - 22nd) at two separate times:  the  morning class meets daily from 9:00am - 12:00pm and the afternoon class meets daily from 1:00pm- 4:00pm. The cost for the weeklong class is $300.00 and includes all materials and hardware.

What you will do:

Day 1.      Design and build the “press” necessary to glue the deck material (Baltic Birch plywood) together.

Day 2.      Finish the press & glue-up the deck.

Day 3.      Cut & shape the deck. Drill out the drop throughs for the trucks.  

Day 4.      Finish sanding the deck.  Paint / Polyurethane the deck.

Day 5.      Apply grip tape and assemble the deck (includes trucks, wheels and bearings). 

At the end, what you will have:

1.       Your own custom-designed and built high-performance longboard and an enhanced understanding of the physics and material science behind it.

2.       Your own press so you can make more longboards.

Topics covered over the course of the class:

1.       Basic and advanced carpentry and manufacturing processes.

2.       Materiality and how to change the inherent physics of a material through its physical manipulation

The class will be held at The Community Architecture Lab's fully equipped design / innovation studio @ 209 Essex Street, Salem MA, just a few doors down from the Peabody Essex Museum.


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