Laser-Etched Skateboards

In the fall of 2015, 6 of our most veteran girls participated in a 5-week workshop to hand-press, laser-etch, and construct custom skateboards. This process required learning Adobe Illustrator to laser-etch a design on the bottom layer of veneer, glue and vacuum press 7 layers of veneer, trim and route the edges of the board using a tablesaw, bandsaw, and file, and finally installing hardware and grip tape. The results were amazingly well-crafted, and showcased each girl’s individual graphic design. At the end of the five weeks, we spent the day learning how to skateboard. Watch a short video about this project, sponsored by Lenovo, here on Youtube.