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This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...

OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY (OSF): TDSB's ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP O.G.s since 2006!

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JUNE 29th UPDATE: OSF is now CLOSED FOR SUMMER and will reopen September 4th. We will be doing an Info Session for the remaining spaces on our student design team Wednesday Sept. 5th at 9AM in the OSF Classroom Room 3, 707 Dundas St. W.

* ALL New and Returning OSF Students must come claim their preregistered spot and be timetabled Thursday Sept. 6th 10:30AM to 1:00PM. Mandatory Orientation for ALL STUDENTS Friday Sept. 7th 10:30AM to 1:00PM, with full day classes and projects starting Monday September 10th.
If you need assistance during the summer you can reach our Office Administrator at 416-393-9830

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Vicious Venom


I’m 20 years old and a lead designer at Oasis Skateboard Factory. I’m hoping to be making skateboards and longboards long after I leave Oasis Skateboard Factory.

I wanted to do something original and I hadn’t seen many longboards with a custom shape let alone one completely shaped like a snake; I think the way a longboard moves kind of reminds me of how a snake moves and that’s how I got the idea. I actually liked a longboard another head designer here had come up with last year and it also inspired me to make a custom shape. The fact that Roarockit had coloured wood veneers as an option gave me the idea for the colour of the snake. I also wanted some of the natural wood showing in the background. I had fun trying to figure out how to make that happen.

It was tricky to make this board, I'm not going to lie! I had to press two red veneers separated with wax paper from six regular veneers on the same mould so they lined up. I then cut the two separate shapes out and pressed them together again. Each scale has three different colours in it in a different pattern; I did this to make it stand out. I thought gold on red would be a good colour combination and give it a softer look, where as the silver and black would still make it pop out.

This longboard is something original and it’s something that hasn’t been done before. I'm just happy I got to do it first, even if it was a bit risky choosing to do something like this without really knowing how to. Figuring it out as I went was difficult, but it was a lot easier with the help of Ted at Roarockit.