The Checkerboard Experience

The stretch of boardwalk that extends from Venice Beach, Calif., to nearby Santa Monica is one of the most epic places in the world to hop on a longboard skateboard and take off for a ride. The paved winding path takes you past beach bums and chiseled bodes, burnouts and family beach goers, all the while with the Pacific Ocean crashing to the West.

That scene, which I play over again in my head during my deepest day dreams, was the inspiration for this pair of checkerboard longboards that recently emerged from the Weekndr shop. One of them is headed that way in just a few days to meet its new owner.


Bergerboard No. 056
“Venice Bound
This 7-ply hardwood maple longboard is decorated with a classic checkerboard pattern in Birds-Eye Maple and Tiger Maple, flanked by redish-brown Sapele. It measures 44-in. long and 9-1/2 in. wide. The popsicle-stick shape has a kick in the front and tail, and the width of the board is concave for improved footing. The top of the board is covered in grip tape with a checker diamond in the center.

 

Bergerboard No. 057
“Patch
This 7-ply hardwood maple longboard is decorated with a checkerboard pattern in European Beech and Sapele. The checkers deconstruct at on end of the board, a design detail that covered a flaw in the board, hence its name “Patch.” The checker pattern is flanked by tiger maple. The popsicle-stick shaped board measures 44-in. long and 9-1/2 in. wide and has a kick in the front and tail. The width of the board is concave for improved footing. The top of the board is covered in grip tape with a checker diamond in the center.

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2 Responses

  1. Matt
    I have your book the handmade skateboard
    i am looking to build a burger db
    in building a ply bd does the grain of the wood come into play
    on 56 you stated 7 ply 1/8 each ???
    on the front and back kick
    what is the slop and and how high.
    Thank you for your help in this matter

    Ron Moody
    Mansfield Texas

    • I Ron:

      Sorry for the delayed reply. On the Berger Board build, grain direction doesn’t matter too much because the inner layers of 1/8 baltic birch plywood already do the work of creating cross-grain strength. The exterior layers of hardwood are for decoration, though I typically orient them in the long-grain direction.

      Meanwhile, if you make a deck out of seven layers of 1/16 in. thick maple, you MUST alternate grain direction to create the cross-grain strength.

      Regarding the kick-tail slope. It has roughly a 1 in. rise to every 3 in. of run.

      email me at sk8makers@gmail.com if you have more questions!

      Matt (aka SK8Makers-in-Chief)

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