I recently got the opportunity to do a different but very fun project for my buddy Luke Seile. He’s been working on Red Bull Dreamline, a rider judged BMX dirt jump contest up in Wabasha, MN. Luke asked me to design and build the trophies for the event, and I couldn’t say no, just sounded like too much fun. As it was kind of a backwoods event and I’m lacking the key tools for welding and cutting metal, I decided to go with a wood trophy. The main hurdle was the logo. It needed to be very precise, no distortion, easy to read, and well branded. After looking at many options, I found a cabinetry shop down the street that had a CNC machine and the time to figure out how to make it work. I sourced the wood from local wood carver/shaper Brent McGregor, and then it was just a matter of putting it all together.
Finer Cabinetry’s Steve Shank tuning the AutoCADD file.
Roughed out in pine, ready for juniper.
CNC doing it’s thing.
Logo ready for finishing.
Sanded and sealed with Teak oil.
Finished 3rd place trophy.
Finished 2nd place trophy.
Finished 1st place trophy.
Video wrap-up of the event
A great big Happy Birthday goes out to my dad today. An extraordinary man, a lifelong role model, and a damn fine father.
As you can see from the explosion that is my drawing table, I’m still going gangbusters out here! It’s been one of the busiest summers of my life, filled with some of my favorite projects to date. I’m very excited to share them as they hit the market. I’m down to the final Gnu board of the season, and it’s going really well so far. The first two turned out fantastic, and I’m very pleased with how this season is shaping up. Been doing some really exciting work with Pirelli tires, can’t wait to post that up as well. In addition to all this stuff, I wrote and illustrated my first column for Snowboard Magazine, something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Thanks Chris (Owen) for the opportunity!
Always a pleasure to see one of these boxes on the front porch.
And even more exciting to see what it contains. My first manufactured splitboard, and it happens to be the Billygoat I designed last summer. Couldn’t be happier to set this one up. Big plans for the winter.
That’s about it. Managed to get a little vacation in this month. A trip down the Rogue River,
and a hike to the top of Mt. Bachelor with Josh Dirksen.