Donate-A-SK8 Holiday Gift Drive

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12/3/17 UPDATE: We hit our goal this weekend with more than 25 skateboards in production! Check out our latest update for details and pictures! And thanks to everyone pitching in to this trucks and wheels fund. So much generosity!

Attn: Woodworkers, Skateboarders, and everyone in between!

Help give a kid in need a gift to remember this holiday season. Join the effort to donate at least 25 handmade skateboards to local toy drives around the U.S. by building one yourself, or sponsoring someone else who can!

Here are four good reasons why should you pitch in:

1. Donating a holiday gift through a reputable charity organization is just plain good karma.

2. You might be donating a gift anyway, why not make it  a handmade one? They're WAY better than store-bought gifts.

3. Skateboarding get kids outside and active, unlike video games.

4. Kids love skateboards! You're gonna make their flippin' day!

Fired up yet? Here's how you can participate:

Option 1: #SponsorASK8Maker
If you aren't a woodworker
, sponsor a deck from a participating woodworker around the country by donating to our trucks and wheels fund. While we're putting in the hours, sweat, and materials to build a stack of handmade skateboard decks, you can help cover the cost of the trucks and wheels -- about $50 for a good quality, safe setup. The more money we raise, the higher the stack of decks can get. The deadline for $ donations is Dec. 1 so we have time to purchase and distribute everything in time.

Option 2: #HolidaySK8Maker
If you are a woodworker
, you can pitch in by building a complete handmade skateboard deck with trucks and wheels from scratch in your garage, woodshop, or local maker space. Email me at (sk8makers at gmail dot com) and we'll send you the plans and building instructions. Once it's built, set it up with trucks and wheels at your local skateshop, send us a photo, and deliver it to a local toy drive!

Option 3: #TeamSK8Maker
If you are a woodworker and can't commit to buying the trucks/wheels in Option 2, send us your contact and we'll use the money raised from this campaign to donate a set of trucks and wheels for every $50 we raise.  Quantities are limited by the amount raised. If we can get to $1,250, that's 25 skateboard builds. First come first serve.

NOTE: Our recommended setup will run you about $60
~ $16 - Skateboard Bearings (Bones REDS or ABEC 5 or better)
~$18 - Generic Truck Set, 8-in. wide
~$21 - Generic Wheel Set (52mm-61mm, 78a-100a) 
~$3 - Set of 1-1/4-in. Hardware
~$2 - Pair of 1/8-in. Riser Pads

Who's building the skateboard decks?

The idea for this donation effort came from Mark Hicks, aka MarkBuildsIt , proprietor of Plate 11 Workbench Co. This past weekend Mark got started on several handmade skateboard decks in his shop. Check it out!

Mark came to me, Matt Berger, 'cuz I happened to write the book on building handmade skateboards, literally. I've been teaching my SK8Makers workshops for more than five years and published "The Handmade Skateboard " (Spring House Press, 2014) to spread the bug.

Mark and I have pledged to build 12 decks between the two of us, and we're committed to growing that number to at least 25 in the next three weeks as we enlist more woodworkers to join the cause.

Help us get there!
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We are about one week out from finishing up this campaign and donating more than 25 handmade skateboards to Holiday Toy Drives around the country.

This week, we surpassed 25 deck donations thanks to some last minute contributions from the guys at Fusion Labsworks ( http://www.fusionlabworks.com/), a STEM program in Ontario, Canada; and Ben Barnhart of Barnhart Surfcraft.

Stay tuned for our final update with a list and photos of all the delivered donations!

P.S. Check out some of the awesome photos of the works in progress
custom deck by @bvmoyers
@MarkBuildsIt had some elves in the shop
Skate candy-20 sets of trucks/wheel sets
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Good news people! We are one skateboard deck away from hitting our goal of 25 donations. Big thanks to our two latest #HolidaySK8Makers:

Jameel Abraham, and the crew at Benchcrafted Tools, pledged to build six skateboard decks next week. Prepare to be impressed; in addition to making top-quality workbench products, they also build beautiful musical instruments and furniture. https://www.benchcrafted.com/

Barton Moyers, furniture maker and well-known Instagram woodworker @BVMoyers, let us know he has started work today on a maple and Formica skateboard mini cruiser. Say what?!

Thanks guys. You are the best!

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Greetings SK8Makers! We are one week into our campaign and so far we've got 17 skateboard decks in production by makers around North America. We've also raised enough money to fund 7 sets of trucks and wheels.

Big thanks to our #HolidaySK8Makers so far:

- Matt Wallace, furniture maker and co-founder of the Ottawa City Woodshop, who is sending us at least three oak decks made in that community woodshop.

- Kyle Rundel, a woodworker in Loveland, Colorado, who's working on his first-ever skateboard build for this project.

- Howard Rindzuner, owner of Rinde Design, a NYC design/build firm, who teamed up with friend and skater Jason Debriere to build a custom deck to donate.

There's still time to get building, or donate to our trucks and wheels fund!
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