Handcrafted longboard skateboards made out of premium exotic and Hawaiian woods. Koa iPhone veneers, Koa Moleskines and more!
Update 3/14/12: I was featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Update 3/15/12: Check out the segment on KITV4 News
Update 3/15/12: Check out the article on Yahoo Sports
Update 3/26/12: My campaign was featured on Cool Material
Update 3/28/12: Check out the article in Midweek
Update 4/9/12: My campaign was featured on GearHungry
Update 4/10/12: FUNDED! Thank you everyone!
Update 4/11/12: Check out the updated segment on KITV4 News
Update 4/12/12: If we break $42,500 by Friday, April 13th at 10pm HST we'll be the most funded Kickstarter project to ever come out of Hawaii! I'll throw in a free DYSBHI T-Shirt for anyone who has pledged $50 or more if we make it!
Hey everybody, thanks for checking out my project! I'm so excited to be a part of the Kickstarter community. If you have any questions or thoughts, I'd love to hear from you on Facebook or Twitter. You can also stay updated with the campaign on my blog.
My skateboard making hobby started with a simple need. I wanted a skateboard. So I made one and then I was hooked. I took my passion of woodworking and the skills I learned from my parents (who have been woodworkers for over 31 years), and started to create products I love.
Over the years I have refined the skateboard making process, making them thinner so they have better flex when riding them and more intricate with different stringer patterns. Each board is veneered with premium Hawaiian and other exotic woods that are not dyed or stained. Then I use sand as an “organic grip tape”, enhancing the true beauty of the wood and “surf feel” of the boards.
The final step in this refining process requires a commercial grade laser engraver. This will enable me to engrave my logo on each board without interrupting the natural feel. For years I have used vinyl decals of my logo that eventually get scratched or removed over time. With the laser engraver, the final product will truly be a work of art!
A commercial grade laser engraver will also give me the opportunity to develop exciting new products. The first three of which I'm premiering on Kickstarter for all of you!
Mahalo for your support and aloha!
The Greenhouse Innovation Hub- Mahalo for hosting the launch and closing parties and for helping to spread the word!
Min Plastics- Thank you Dwight for allowing us to use your engraver for our Kickstarter samples!
Koa is a premium, exotic wood found only in Hawaii. It is a prized wood in furniture and cabinet making because of it's remarkable variety in grain from plain, curly to fiddleback. Koa wood was selected as the main wood used in this Kickstarter campaign for it's beauty and uniqueness.
After the project ends (and is successful), you will receive a Kickstarter backer survey where you can select your design choices. Please note the Moleskine designs are the same as the iPhone designs featured above. For the corporate backer packages we will have you send us your logo so we can mock-up your custom product line.
No. The adhesive does not leave any residue on your phone when removed. The side of the adhesive attached to the veneer is permanent. The side of the adhesive attached to the iPhone glass is removable.
Yes. Just be careful when removing the veneer, because Koa is a hardwood. The key is to get an edge up and then pry it up from both the side and the bottom. I have removed and reattached the same veneer 10+ times with no change to the stickiness of the adhesive.
Yes. The veneer fits neatly under the Apple bumper case. I use an Otter box at the shop to protect my phone from dust, the veneer fits easily under the Otter box.