|Project by Triumph1||posted 11-14-2016 01:38 PM||879 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
I signed up to do a skate deck for a skate deck art exhibit, Decked Out, that is opening this Friday (11/18/16). This is my first non-house-oriented piece after getting the new shop up and running. I really wanted to showcase the material instead of just painting a picture on the board. The process started by sourcing an American made 7-ply hard maple deck. I traced the outline of the skate deck onto tracing paper and then started sketching my overall design. I knew I wanted to do bio-mechanical design from the start. Once done with the overall design I transferred the entire design onto a large sheet of paper and used spray adhesive to apply it to the skate deck. I used forstner bits to drill the main holes and after that it was all scroll saw work. Once all the negative space was cut away I started in on the carving using a Foredom, rasps and carving knives. Many hours of sanding finished the woodworking portion of it. To make the skate deck one cohesive surface and really show off the carving I painted it with two coats of primer and flat black paint.
Oh…and many people have asked…no, it is not skateable. Well…unless you weigh under 20 lbs:) With so much material being removed it was designed to be a wall art. I did want to have some pictures of it with wheels and trucks and was lucky enough to have a local skate shop loan me some for the shoot.
If anyone is in the Chicago area and would like to see the exhibit it opens November 18th (6-10pm) at the 4Art Space (#403) in the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St. The exhibit goes on until December 16th
I hope everyone is doing great!
-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!