So I asked what the deal was with this little board stuck in between the patio railing, and the house.
I turns out that Justin's daughter, Ariel - who is an artist/jeweler - found it on her way home one night.
(Check out Ariel's website) - Beautiful stuff!
Of course, I asked what would happen if it went missing... and they both laughed and said I could have it.
There was alcohol involved so I may have taken advantage the situation... he he he.
Anyway, as is my way, I did a little research on the Nash Sidewalk Surfboard.
It turns out that this is a mid 1960s board, and i am keen to put it on my wall.
The paint was chipping off so badly, that every time it was touched it it just flaked like Christmas.
The first thing I needed to do was spray it with a clear-coat to preserve what was left.
Then, as if it were kismet, I found this Life Magazine from May 14, 1965, featuring Pat McGee, the skateboarding champion at the time. Displaying this with the skateboard would be perfect.
I picked up a few supplies, and got to work making a frame that the magazine could slide into.
I cut the pieces to 1" larger than the magazine.
I used 1" wide wood for the front, 3" wide for the back, and 1/2" square dowels to separate front from back.
After cutting, I sanded the edges.
I used a corner vise to glue and staple the frames together.
Once dry, I glued the dowels down at the top and bottom.
I placed the second frame on top, and nailed them together.
Wood filler went on, then was sanded off.
A little spray paint and it is ready!
The magazine's view on skateboarding culture is pretty funny.
The headline reads "A teeter-totter on wheels is the new fad and menace".
Click on the photos to see them bigger. It all looks like fun to me.
Oh the menace!
A few detail shots!