Marwood Veneer Listed As a Trusted Veneer Source for Skateboards in "The Handmade Skateboard"

November 13, 2014 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
Jeffersonville, IN - (November 13, 2014) - Marwood Veneer Inc. has been listed as a trusted veneer source for skateboards in the newly published guide called "The Handmade Skateboard" from Spring House Press. The book is sold nationwide at skateboard shops, including Woodcraft retail stores, and online.

"We are honored to be a trusted veneer source for this burgeoning industry. So many skateboarders are looking to make their own custom longboards, cruisers, or street decks from scratch, and this definitive guide is an excellent resource. Skateboarders know to come to our ecommerce online store, or visit their favorite skateboard shop to find Marwood Veneer," said Jim Martin, CEO of Marwood Veneer. Visit to purchase veneer kits for skateboarding design and build projects, as well as the book.

The 59-year old company, based in Jeffersonville, IN, has had many direct inquiries in the last two years for these special veneer pieces for this purpose.

Skateboard decks are typically made in 7-ply construction. "It's an interesting construction, and different from standard plywood construction. In skateboarding, two wood veneer plies next to each other—in the same grain direction—gives a skateboard extra flexibility, which is desired," explains Martin.

"The veneer should be kept banded in the crate until you are going to use it, or kept under heavy weight such as particleboard or plywood. You do not want to leave it lying loose where it can dry out, buckle and crack," advises Martin. Watch how-to video on

After an interesting review of the skateboard's history, The Handmade Skateboard provides step-by-step guidance for building five skateboards ranging from a simple hack board built in a few spare hours to a high-performance street deck pressed from layers of high-quality Maple veneer.

The author of the The Handmade Skateboard, Matt Berger, is a journalist and woodworker who earned his stripes at Fine Woodworking. A maker at heart, he began building skateboards as an undergrad at Cal-Poly. By day, he's a content manager for a major Silicon Valley technology company, producing video, social media, and interactive content for the web.

Skateboarding is classified as a sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, and the X Games have grown in popularity at the national level, covered by ESPN. Skateboarding has been noted as pure recreation, an art form, and a career, not to mention a form of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2013 report by found there are approximately 6.35 million active skateboarders in the world. This represents approximately a $4 billion dollar market worldwide, according to the International Association of Skateboard Companies.

About Marwood Veneer
Marwood is a leading provider of domestic, imported, and FSC-certified hardwood veneers for both the U.S. and overseas markets, serving a variety of industries, including architectural woodwork, plywood manufacturers, and furniture manufacturers. Marwood has a wide variety of veneers available, including exotics and domestics. From quartered and highly figured, to flat cut and no figure, their wood veneers have the texture, color, thickness, and shape you need to finish any of your projects. The company was founded by Lyman Martin Jr., Jim Martin's father. For more information, go

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