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Roll down the sidewalk like you own the town with the retro inspired Skate Crate. Modern design meets the roots of skateboarding.
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INTRODUCING the SKATE CRATE

 UPDATE: Legendary pro skateboarder and artist Jason Adams paints a one-of-a-kind custom Skate Crate and then bombs through the streets of Oceanside with Matt Hensley, Kristian Svitak and Aly Moore.  Also, vintage inspired shoe company PF Flyers is now on board to help raise awareness for Skate Crate! http://www.pfflyers.com/

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Hi I’m Dave Bergthold, I’ve been skateboarding for 40 years and been involved in the skateboard industry off and on since starting Blockhead Skateboards in 1985 in my parents garage. I took a break from making skateboards to do some DIY projects, have a kid, and work on TV shows including Built to Shred where I got to design some really crazy and fun things...and now I get to do it again!

It’s an honor for me to bring back the one thing that is so important to the history of skateboarding and also a great example of American culture and ingenuity.  The first documented example I’ve seen of kids riding the classic skate crate is a photo dated 1910 from New York City.  I’m blown away that the roots of skateboarding date back over 100 years!

What is a Skate Crate?  It's a retro-cool cruiser designed for fun and creative expression.  It's for families and friends of all ages.  It’s for those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead on one of those folding metal scooters. A Skate Crate is easier to ride than a skateboard, it’s even a perfect vehicle for mom and dad to keep up with the kids while they ride their bikes or skateboards.  It's also the one piece of sporting equipment that you'll want to leave on display in your living room instead of stashing it in your garage!

1. The FLYING TIGER:  A vintage fruit crate label inspired graphic on a traditional squared box featuring side cuts and grooves on the sides for an authentic look.  Flying Tiger brand Blood Oranges!

2. The RACEWAY:  A classic racing inspired graphic on a traditional squared box featuring side cuts.  The checkered flag awaits you!   All Skate Crate graphics are applied with good old fashioned screen printing!

3. SIDEWALK SCREAMER: This is the black sheep of the Skate Crate family. This “Land Pirate” design is sure to make people tremble in fear.  It features an “aged” paint job with green trim and green dyed laminates in the handle bars.  

Unleash your creativity and skills and make a one-of-a-kind custom creation!

This one of-a-kind crate by Jeremy Wray is also avialable as a reward!
This one of-a-kind crate by Jeremy Wray is also avialable as a reward!

4. D.I.Y. DESIGN:  For those who want to design their own graphics on a pre-built and pre-finished box.  Spray paint, paint brush, stencils, wood-burn, pinstripes, racing stripes, illustration....use your imagination! Blank front with hot branded Skate Crate logos on the sides of a traditional squared box. 

5. D.I.Y. BUILD:  For those who want to build their own box AND design their own graphics.    This kit comes completely unassembled and unfinished (5 panels pre-cut, pre-drilled and routed) and requires some basic tools and supplies to build it:  Hammer, nails, glue, sandpaper, stain or paint, screwdriver, wrench etc.  Bare wood gives you the opportunity to use wood stain or do a photo transfer.   Kit comes with everything you see in this picture. 

6. RACING STICKER KIT:  Easily decorate your DIY crate with a unique racing number (or even use on the sides of your Raceway crate!).   The kit features a 6.5” diameter Skate Crate logo circle and a sheet with numbers 0-9 and a few more Skate Crate logos.

We set out to make a modern version of the classic.  After building some replica crates with metal roller skates it was obvious why they tapered off in popularity (though they did have a good 50 + year run!).  The metal wheels are insanely loud and rough and the vintage fruit crates were rickety, splintery and quickly started falling apart.  We’ve fixed all of the shortcomings of the Skate Crates of yesteryear with our awesome design upgrades!

For a durable box we chose Baltic Birch plywood using “lock rabbet” joints for strength and then nailed and glued them for durability.  

Unlike the originals, we wanted the crates to easily detach/ reattach from the skateboard so with that in mind, we used clamping knobs and threaded inserts.

We wanted something stylish and unique for the handle bars so we custom laminated American maple with dyed veneer in the same manner that skateboards are manufactured.   Skate Crates feature a high quality lacquer finish on box, deck and handle bars.  

The natural wood decks are also made from American maple, the painted ones are made from Baltic Birch.   The decks are a little thicker and more stiff then traditional skateboard decks because of the added torque while the rider is pulling on the handle bars.

 Check out the front detail on the Sidewalk Screamer which features a wider 2 panel face that is angled to give it a pirate ship/coffin vibe!

With the box design you have enough room to stash your backpack, a 12-pack, groceries, your rock collection etc.  You can’t do that on one of those aluminum scooter things! There’s 4 stainless steel cargo hooks to use bungees or straps to secure your cargo.

For the Blockhead E-Z Rollers wheels, we wanted a classic shape that resembled an old clay or metal wheel.  They are available in silver “steelies” or orange “clay”.  They are a smooth riding 78a urethane and are 57mm tall.   We’ve chosen Tracker “mid track” Trucks, a solid great turning truck made in the USA since 1975.

We set out to make timeless designs on the crates and enlisted legendary skate artist Ben Horton and also Ron Cameron who inked most of the iconic Blockhead Skateboard graphics from 1986-1990.   For inspiration we’ve used vintage fruit crate labels, classic auto/motorcycle racing and club designs and even artwork from actual vintage “kid made” skate crates. 

Sizing: The height difference between Small and Large Crates is about four inches.   The small crate is recommended for riders 56” tall or under and then the large for riders taller than 57”. 

Sidewalk Screamer -  Small: 26.5” total height, 32” board.   Large 30.5” total height, 35.75” board.

Raceway, Flying Tiger and DIY crates- Small: 28” total height, 32” board.  Large 32” total height, 33.75” board.    Note:  After building a wider box for the Sidewalk Screamer prototypes we have also decided to make the boxes for the other models slightly wider than you see in the photos.

Additional Rewards:  Tee shirts - Flying Tiger,  SIdewalk Screamers, Raceway.  And for you Blockhead fans here's two new designs that have never, ever been available!  "Just Another" by Dave Bergthold from 1986 and "Nothing is Cool (Party!)" a rework of Ron Cameron's iconic design from 1988.  Also the "Nothing is Cool (Party!) deck or complete skateboard, a 7.5 x 33.75" kicktail cruiser (MFG. by PS Stix).

Risks and challenges

Though the skate crate has a history that dates back over 100 years it was never a commercially sold product. This makes it a challenge to build a demand for a product that has never existed. It’s weakness can be a great strength since it is a completely untapped niche market for consumers looking for something different, creative and fun. 

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    Assorted Sticker Pack- We'll send you a minimum of 8 Skate Crate and Blockhead (square logo, Nothing is Cool, Hard Times) stickers. We'll probably be feeling generous and throw in a few more

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    Racing number sticker kit. Customize your DIY crate with the 6.5" circle and 0-9 number sheet. We'll also throw in a couple Skate Crate and/or Blockhead stickers. Canada Add $4.00 shipping

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    Youth size tee shirts. Choose from Flying Tiger, Sidewalk Screamers, Raceway, Just Another, Nothing is Cool. Pick shirt color- Black or Gray (standard fit). Please pick 1st and 2nd choice as the design you want may not be possible to print on the smaller size shirts. S(6-8), M(10-12), L(14-16). Canada add $10.00 shipping

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    Adult size tee shirts. Choose from Flying Tiger, Sidewalk Screamers, Raceway, Just Another, Nothing is Cool. Pick shirt color: Black (premium fitted), Gray (premium fitted), Charcoal (standard fit for those who prefer it)
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    Thank you for funding us SPECIAL!!!
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    Adult or youth size tee shirts. Choose from Flying Tiger, Sidewalk Screamers, Raceway, Just Another, Nothing is Cool. Pick shirt color: Black (premium fitted), Gray (premium fitted), Charcoal (standard fit for those who prefer it) S-M-LG-XL-XXL or youth S(6-8), M(10-12), L(14-16) - (youth tees are standard fit). Canada add $10.00 shipping

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    Nothing is Cool (Party!) deck, INCLUDES CUSTOM GRIP TAPE! This new version of Ron Cameron's 1988 classic has never been available until now! 7-ply maple cruiser deck 33.75 x 7.5". Canada add $20.00 shipping, Hawaii & Alaska add $10

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    Limited edition Flying Tiger screen print on 16x24" birch plywood. This is the same print as on the crate. Artwork by legendary skate artist Ben Horton! Hand numbered, only 60 made! Canada add $20.00 shipping, Hawaii & Alaska add $10

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    Nothing is Cool (Party!) deck complete with grip tape, Tracker Mid-Tracks, Blockhead E-Z Rollers and ABEC 5 bearings.  Canada add $25.00 shipping, Hawaii & Alaska add $15

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL*******************************
    Get any complete crate for 20 bucks less:
    $179 small - DIY Build*******************
    $189 large - DIY Build*******************
    $199 small - DIY Design****************
    $209 large - DIY Design*****************
    $219 small - Flying Tiger****************
    $229 large - Flying Tiger*****************
    $219 small - Raceway*******************
    $229 large - Raceway*******************
    $219 small - Sidewalk Screamer******
    $229 large - Sidewalk Screamer*******
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    DIY Build Kit- SMALL - (Unassembled and unfinished). Comes with 5 pre-drilled and pre-routed panels, 32" board, handle bars, trucks, grip tape, wheels, bearings and all hardware. Glue and basic tools required.
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    DIY Build Kit- LARGE - (Unassembled and unfinished). Comes with 5 pre-drilled and pre-routed panels, 32" board, handle bars, trucks, grip tape, wheels, bearings and all hardware. Glue and basic tools required.
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    DIY Design - Small - Complete ready to ride* Skate Crate. Features high quality lacquer finish and hot branded logos on the sides, the front is blank and ready for your own customization! Racing number sticker kit available above. Canada, Hawaii and Alaska include $40 shipping.

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    DIY Design - Large - Complete ready-to-ride* Skate Crate. Features high quality lacquer finish and hot branded logos on the sides, the front is blank and ready for your own customization! Racing number sticker kit available above. Canada, Hawaii and Alaska include $40 shipping.

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    Small - Flying Tiger, Raceway or Sidewalk Screamer ready-to-ride* Skate Crate. Choose your favorite and roll down the sidewalk in style!
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    Large - Flying Tiger, Raceway or Sidewalk Screamer ready-to-ride* Skate Crate. Choose your favorite and roll down the sidewalk in style!
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    Legendary Blockhead pro Jeremy Wray custom woodburned this one-of-a-kind eagle design just for you!  (on a small DIY Design crate) Also includes a signed Wray Bros. or Blockhead deck, tee shirt and sticker pack!   Don't wait for the production run, be the first to own a Skate Crate! Canada, Hawaii and Alaska include $40 shipping.

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    Friends pack - 2 complete Skate Crates of your choice! 2 t-shirts of your choice, Racing Number sticker sheet and sticker pack.
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    Family pack - 3 complete Skate Crates of your choice! 3 t-shirts of your choice, Racing Number sticker sheet and sticker pack.
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    Super family pack - 4 complete Skate Crates of your choice! 4 t-shirts of your choice, Racing Number sticker sheet and sticker pack.
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    Custom DIY experience! - Design your own custom crates (2) with Dave Bergthold and a legendary skate artist (Ron Cameron or Jeremy Wray).  You and your child or friend will spend the day designing and painting a one-of-kind creation and even skating on the world renowned Blockhead Ramp if you’d like. We'll even take you to dinner at the Privateer where you can munch on a signature Blockhead pizza.  Also includes 4 tee shirts and stickers.  DIY crates for up to 3 additional people may be purchased separately.  (On location in Oceanside CA. buyer is responsible for all transportation, lodging etc. costs). 

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