I keep getting asked-'Do you actually make those decks? I mean...all of it??'. Well, ummm...er...YES!
I start with raw materials-loose leaf canadian rock maple for the core of the deck. This is the industry standard for the best quality deck possible. It gives strength with flex, (flex depends somewhat on how many layers you make it). Ours are typically 7ply-9ply. Sometimes 5ply, sometimes 11ply, depending on either the riders preference or for structural needs. Boards above 46 inches, like a 55-60 inch will be more likely to be 11 ply.
I also source the highest grade exotic woods for the the top sheet stringer patterns. These woods are often Zebrano, Purple Heart, Wenge, Birds Eye Maple or Mahogany and are very rich and unique in appearance. Every piece I get in has something different to it. These patterns (not the wood types) are inspired by and drawn from surf boards, tying in and linking skating to surfing-its original source and conception.
Then the final touches are the dyed Canadian Rock Maple veneer. Now this stuff is hard to get. SERIOUSLY. But in my opinion is what really makes these decks different, more desirable and really 'pop' to the eye. Whether it be the underbelly of the deck itself, or some thin highlights in the stringer patterns, these colors are intense and beautiful. See the below examples-deep ocean blue or fiery red.
So, the stringer sheets come from a block I make then sheer off individual sheets (I don't like solid wood decks personally, in my opinion they are stiff and don't offer the superior ride and quality that top grade plywood does). That being said, each to his own really. If you like solid, i say take it! Its beautiful, but just a different ride.
This then gets pressed along with the raw ply sheets into what we call a 'blank'-an unshaped deck.
Its then cut and shaped typically on a sanding machine to final profile.
Finishing then involves routing all edges, filing and hand sanding then finish sanding and varnishing.
Final stages are drilling for the truck mounting and the Anchor Plank logo coin-something unique to us that we haven't seen on any other decks.
Typically we fit the deck up wth Dr Tongue ultimate carve trucks and Nutless Monkey Super Wheels as these were purpose made by Anchor Plank to produce the perfect match-set for the smoothest easiest cruising deck around. No need to retrofit your favourite trucks or anything. Most mass produced decks have inferior trucks, wheels and ball bearings, thereby compromising the final overall quality and feel of the ride. Weird I know, but that's generally the fact. This then gives people the perception that this is just how it is. NOT TRUE!
Finally, we use high quality black hardware (nuts and bolts), high quality hard wearing floor varnish and popular ball bearings such as Bones Super Reds or Seismic Tektons (amongst others). Seismic Tektons were used by Mischo Erban, the guy who holds the world speed record on a longboard. He clocked just over 130km/h. NOT that you'll be doing this, but it just shows you the quality potential of these little engineered delights! They are, after all rather important to the safety and quality of your ride! Plus cheap bearings ruin the total feel of the ride. MAJOR waste of time and money. Basically, like anything, your ride is only as good as its weakest/cheapest part.
So, there you go. A basic rundown of what we do so you can see for yourself that its all made by us in Melbourne Australia.
Check out this video
for a short preview of a couple of boards in production.
As always, please send me any feedback, info or improvement input. Its all welcome. We just wanna provide solid info on a good gradient to help anyone access a good understanding of this fascinating subject and industry. Thereby promoting more action overall!
Anchor Plank Skateboards Australia
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