Sometimes the stars align and you have to seize the day (to mix as many metaphors as I can) – I contacted a few makers over the last few days looking for a new deck with a single or double kicktail, including the small UK maker (are we supposed to call small makers “boutique makers”?) Hecs Decks, who shared that they have just started making an evolution of their short cruiser; yet to be named, but with a kicktail. So, hey, seize the day and ordered one with a gloss Bubinga finish. 🙂
Details from the very helpful Hector (hey, just got it: Hec’tor):
835mm length (33″) with a wheelbase of 505mm.
Big round tail with a mellow angle.
Mellow concave which curves towards a peak just forward from the centre of the board.
12 ply with thin layers (“so that it’s stiffer”)
Photos of his stunning walnut first cut (and what convinced me).
Have a spare set of Paris 180cm V2s and some 4President wheels to try on it when it arrives, but may drop down to some slightly narrower trucks. Will see what it is like before deciding on what to do with the face/top; which is probably just leave it and only ride it easy and dry, like the Hackbrett, although I do have some ideas on fancy grip patterns after gripping the Kaliber.
So that’s a Zenit AB, a Jungle Board pintail and now a Hecs Decks all to come and join the growing family collection… wupps 🙂
So an interesting option for those wanting to add their own designs Shred Skate will ship blank wooden boards, with a massive collection including some nice looking walnut boards (not tried one, so can’t comment on the feel/flex etc). Their boards are relatively inexpensive, importantly for me below the import duty threshold for buying from the USA, so not that expensive to import (note: their shipping seems relatively expensive – and will contact them to see if there is a slower cheaper option).
Wood burning a design into the board, using a soldering iron type device (or even a soldering iron) or even carving a custom pattern in using a Dremel type device (or a Dremel) is relatively easy. Personally, for the look, I would probably burn in a personal pattern, rather than carve, but both are not that hard to do with a good template and a bit of patience.