Finally, I would like to thank TeacherofTheWays for the detailed instructable on how to get started.
and the city of Louisville, Kentucky for making it worth my while.
Step 1: The Design
Since I knew nothing about long boards at the beginning of this, I did a whole bunch of research and consolidated what I thought I needed in my little black book (a.k.a. what I do on the weekends). I referenced guides on here as well as the forums of SilverFish Longboarding (http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/) until I felt comfortable enough to buy my materials.
The main thing I was looking for was critical dimensions, what would be too long/short and too wide/thin (my main concern) to be considered safe under a force load. Think of your design but removing all the unnecessary parts so you are just left with a rectangle that receives the majority of the force. I saw that 7" was as narrow as I would venture to go and a large wheel base would offer more road stability; so I had my dimensions but I still needed my design.
Now I can't tell you what apple had fallen to give me this idea but my driving concept was to have something recognizable via the silhouette and it resulted in the foot. Being from Kentucky...well yall know how we can be about our shoes, if the weather is nice and the grass is soft, why wear 'em! I'm also left handed and lead with my left foot when riding (regular stance) so that's why the left foot was chosen in particular.
You can see my other designs I had during the process and I'll post more of my pages of ideas I had afterwards.