I'm more into riding bikes than skating, but I've always liked the artwork on skate decks. We've got a couple hanging up in the house. They've never been ridden - which is sacrilege, I know.
More recently I've become interested in their construction. Skate decks have to be easily shaped, be strong and yet flexible. Most are made from 7 to 8 plys of Maple, laminated together under a lot of pressure. The resulting decks are far stronger than the equivalent thickness of solid wood. They are strong, but not indestructible. If and when they do snap, there's a dedicated group of woodworkers out there giving them a second life.
The decks are stripped and then multiples are laminated together to give large blocks of material that can be reused in various projects. This material is then called Skatewood. We began using Skatewood at the end of 2021 when we made a limited run of Sneeboer garden trowels which sold out instantly and since then we've been thinking about how else to integrate Skatewood into DIY and garden tools.
Our Skatewood Hammers use the offcuts of Skatewood from our local supplier (@afterlifebf) as the wedges to secure the hammer heads. It's a small detail that just adds a bit of colour, flair and uniqueness to what is (and always should be) a functional tool.
Each hammer wedge is completely unique and will feature a pattern of various colours depending on the laminations.
You have a choice of either Ball Pein or Claw and both are 16oz - the ideal weight for general duties.
All the handles have been sanded and then painted with a durable acrylic paint. I wanted to use a paint with a matt finish to make sure grip wasn't an issue when used. The handles are then oiled using boiled Linseed Oil.
The heads are all sanded to improve the finish and then polished. They will eventually start to rust if left damp but can always be polished up again.
These hammers are designed to look interesting and be a great unique present idea - but they are still intended to be used. The finish will mark up with use and that will only add to the appeal.
This is a limited initial run - and you have the choice of either painted or plain. As always, if you're interested in a specific colour on the handle, just let us know and we can try and personalise it for you.