(However I didn't captured every step when i made this board and it's been quite a while a go I made it, I will try to describe the steps as completely as possible)
A few years ago I really wanted a longboard dancer. If you are not familiar with what that is; it is a longboard but usually quite a bit longer than the average already oversized (skate)longboards. Mostly around 1m20 but there are boards up to 2m. "But why...", you may ask, " skating such an unhandy big board?" because you can do so much awesome freakin' cool stuff with such a board! You can think of it as a kind of big rolling dancefloor (hence the name longboard dancer,..duh..). It is usually not the kind of boards that are used for kickflips, grinds, poolriding or other fancy, but boring, stuff...(Just kidding, I love those skate styles too, like almost everything skateboard involved). However there are exceptions off course and those kind of tricks are done but might be harder to do. The length of the board is used more for the practice of the moves you'll see surfers doing on their longboards: Crosssteps, hangtens, pirouettes, handstands and such. But this is al a lot of words, it might be better to show some video's. Because I'm not a very good longboard dancer, but I just love doing it, I will show some youtube video's of others, so you get a better idea of the possibilities . The first is of the Dutch longboard event "So you think you can longboarddance" in which you can see different riders:
The second is of American legend Adam Colton, pretty weird and a bit long but awesome:
And ok, last video is of me doing only a handstand on the Victoria board (it isn't much and from quiet a while ago but I haven't much footage of me and this board. Maybe later):
Enough about the theory, let's start building!
p.s. Because of entering the Epilog laser contest I would like to say that off course I would love to have a lasercutter to cut out my tracing molds, my griptape and do the pyrographic stuff with the lasercutter. Besides that I would even cut out a complete longboard with another experimental idea I have for a view years now which demands a lasercutter!
As you might figure yourself, this board was inspired by the style of the Victorian age, which is also the inspiration of most steampunk stuff (which I happen to like also). So I first took a good look at an old victorian chair I own.
Apart from that I wanted it to resemble some sort of a musical instrument, it being a dancer. What else than my antique double bass off course! I love her (yes, her..) and it is big too and made of wood and got nice lines, so technically I only had to put some trucks under it but that would made it to hard to play some jazzy bass-lines. A long with those inspirations I search for other reference pictures online.
I collected all the pics and started to draw in Coreldraw, but any drawing program can serve this purpose off course, even the olde paper and pencil . When I was satisfied with the lines, I did what I always do when I make a longboard, I printed the outline on paper in real size and glued the pieces of a4 size paper together and cut it out. Usually some kind of poster-maker software can come in handy, for instance in Picasa it is possible but in Coreldraw there is a genuine function for that so you can make really big prints with a standard printer. Because this is a symmetrical design design only one quarter of the board is enough.
The paper design you can glue on a piece of hardboard or thick cardboard and than cut out to use it as a mold to trace.
Because I will make the kick and nose tails in a special way I had to print out the side view too. More on that later.
The board will be vertical laminated. That means you glue long strips of wood lengthwise together so you will get a big enough platform to saw your board out. If done well this gives a strong but springy board with a nice classic appearing. Most boards are horizontal laminated out of plywood or veneer like your average skateboard. Nothing wrong with that but for this design I think this technique fits better.