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Bamboo cruisers proudly handcrafted in California. Our vintage-styled skateboards are sustainably made and focus on quality and design.
Bamboo cruisers proudly handcrafted in California. Our vintage-styled skateboards are sustainably made and focus on quality and design.
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ABOUT NATURAL LOG SKATEBOARDS

Natural Log Skateboards are individually handcrafted in San Diego, California by craftsmen who are passionate about skateboarding. We strive to create sustainable, high-performance skateboards with major emphases on quality, aesthetics, and classic designs that highlight the natural beauty of the wood. 

OUR STORY

Natural Log Skateboards started as a hobby, but quickly turned into something much more. The idea to make skateboards came to us when we couldn’t find a skateboard that met our standards. We wanted a sustainable skateboard that was high performance, hand crafted locally in California, and classically designed after the vintage skateboards of the 1970’s. Faced with the challenge of being unable to find a board we liked, our solution was to make our own. 

MATERIALS

All of our boards utilize vertical grained bamboo for beauty and strength. Depending on which model, the bamboo is then paired with either tri-axial fiberglass, hard rock maple, or antique oak reclaimed from barns dating back to the early 1800's. We use a bio-based epoxy resin from Entropy Resins in our lamination process. The epoxy is derived from tree sap, and has surpassed our standards in both strength and performance.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We are very excited about the development of our skateboards, and are now at the stage where we need the help from Kickstarter. We value the handcrafted quality of our boards, and want to continue manufacturing locally, but the handmade process drives up the cost. We need your help to buy better tools that will make our jobs more efficient. These tools will not eliminate the need for skilled craftsmen, but simply aid in the process. Some of these tools include glue spreaders, an industrial band saw, an upgraded hydraulic press, and a better spray system for lacquering our boards. With these tools, we will be able to increase output and reduce production costs, allowing us to focus on the marketing and development of new boards.

REWARDS

If you have questions, please email us at sales@naturallogskate.com

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Note: We will send out a survey to our backers if our project is funded to determine order specifications (shirt sizes, bamboo color, hardware, etc.)

Wallpaper - $5

Wallpaper for your Apple or PC products
Wallpaper for your Apple or PC products

StickerPack - $10

Assorted pack of Natural Log stickers
Assorted pack of Natural Log stickers

Accessory Pack - $20

Keychain: Logo branded on the front with the California flag branded on the back (stickers also included)
Keychain: Logo branded on the front with the California flag branded on the back (stickers also included)

Wool Blend SnapBack - $30

Wool blend SnapBack with embroidered logo
Wool blend SnapBack with embroidered logo

Organic Tee - $40

50% organic cotton / 50% recycled polyester shirt made in Los Angeles, CA
50% organic cotton / 50% recycled polyester shirt made in Los Angeles, CA

Organic Girls Tee - $40

100% organic cotton women's tee-shirt made in Los Angeles, CA
100% organic cotton women's tee-shirt made in Los Angeles, CA

Apparel Combo Pack - $60

Wool blend SnapBack and Organic T-shirt
Wool blend SnapBack and Organic T-shirt

Roots Mini deck - $120

24" long x 7" wide x 4.5" tail x 14" wheelbase

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Roots Mini complete (add $115 to Roots Mini deck pledge) Setup: Tracker Trucks, Reds bearings, Orangatang 65mm Fat Free wheels, and Khiro shock pads
Roots Mini complete (add $115 to Roots Mini deck pledge) Setup: Tracker Trucks, Reds bearings, Orangatang 65mm Fat Free wheels, and Khiro shock pads

Roots deck - $130

29" long x 9" wide x 6.5" tail x 16" wheelbase

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Roots complete (add $115 to Roots deck pledge) Setup: Independent 159 Trucks, Reds bearings, Orangatang 65mm Fat Free wheels, and Khiro shock pads
Roots complete (add $115 to Roots deck pledge) Setup: Independent 159 Trucks, Reds bearings, Orangatang 65mm Fat Free wheels, and Khiro shock pads

Rhythm deck - $140

30" long x 9" wide x 3.5" tail x 21" wheelbase

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Rhythm complete (add $115 to Rhythm deck pledge) Setup: Randall 180mm Trucks, Reds bearings, Orangatang Stimulus or 4 President 70mm wheels, and Khiro shock pads
Rhythm complete (add $115 to Rhythm deck pledge) Setup: Randall 180mm Trucks, Reds bearings, Orangatang Stimulus or 4 President 70mm wheels, and Khiro shock pads

Vintage Roots Mini deck - $230

Vintage Roots Mini deck (antique oak barn-wood faces with bamboo core)
Vintage Roots Mini deck (antique oak barn-wood faces with bamboo core)

Board Combo Pack - $360

Completely Custom - $1000

Exclusive Roots Mini (cocobolo faces with a bamboo/maple core)
Exclusive Roots Mini (cocobolo faces with a bamboo/maple core)

Risks and challenges

Potential Challenges:

A challenge we have faced in the past is obtaining the trucks and wheels in a timely matter. Truck and wheel manufacturers sometimes are slow to fulfill orders, especially on smaller quantities. If we are funded, we will place importance on placing a bulk order of trucks and wheels so that we are not delayed by a third party when fulfilling our orders.

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    Every dollar counts - Along with a big thanks for your support, you will receive a photographed wallpaper for your Apple or PC products.

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    Sticker Pack - Get stickered up with a Natural Log sticker pack put together especially for our Kickstarter backers.

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    Accessory Pack - Receive a handcrafted scrap-wood keychain, sticker pack, and a hand signed thank you picture. The keychain is made from the scrap wood created in our manufacturing process; each one is unique.

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    Organic Tee - You will receive a Natural Log Skateboards organic tee-shirt made in Los Angeles, CA exclusively for our backers. You will also receive a few stickers.

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    Organic Girls Tee - You will receive a Natural Log Skateboards organic women's tee-shirt made in Los Angeles, CA exclusively for our backers. You will also receive a few stickers.

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    ROOTS Mini Deck - Receive our 24" handmade Natural Log deck. Each board is hand signed and numbered for our kickstarter backers and comes with a keychain from your skateboard's scrap-wood. Add $115 for complete set up.

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    ROOTS Deck - Receive our 29" handmade Natural Log deck. Each board is hand signed and numbered for our kickstarter backers and comes with a keychain from your skateboard's scrap-wood. Add $115 for complete set up.

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    RHYTHM Deck - Receive our 30" handmade Natural Log deck. Each board is hand signed and numbered for our kickstarter backers and comes with a keychain from your skateboard's scrap-wood. Add $115 for complete set up.

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    Vintage ROOTS Mini Deck - Receive our 24" Natural Log vintage deck. The board features a bamboo and hard rock maple core paired with antique oak face veneers. The oak is reclaimed from barns dating back to the early 1800's. Each nail hole and saw mark make these boards unique. These exclusive boards are numbered and hand signed for our backers. Add $115 for complete set up.

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    Board Combo Package - Receive 1 Roots Mini deck, 1 Roots deck, and 1 Rhythm deck. Each board is hand signed and numbered for our kickstarter backers.

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    Completely Custom - Choose one of our three shapes and any type of wood. We will work with you to design your own custom board. You can send us in a piece of wood, or we can recommend exotic woods to build face veneers. You will have our guarantee that no other board will be like yours; you will have a truly unique Natural Log Skateboard. Comes as a complete set-up.

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