People just didn’t find it enough that they used a skate board with their feet and legs. Nowadays, a growing number of skaters have chosen to make their fingers do the skating. Yes, the ollies and the twists are no longer limited to those who choose to take the big air and dish out the sick tricks. For those who want to stay safe and risk only a sprained finger and a few paper cuts, there’s finger boarding.
Tech Deck is the best known brand of finger boards and just like the “real” thing. Those who are into the fast emerging sport of finger boarding also have a hankering for quality skate parts that could be their playground for the sickest finger tricks in the book! Since Tech Deck is a well known brand in such a niche market, it is expected that their prices for their merchandise is quite expensive. To the young finger board enthusiast, such cost may not be feasibly met. It’s a good thing that you could always improvise make something that could be done from the most basic of diorama construction supplies such as cardboard, manila folders and Styrofoam.
Here’s how you do your skate park:
- The most important step in the construction process is the planning. It would be best to do your research before hand to know what you’re getting into. Scouting for the latest models of Tech Deck products would definitely help you out. There’s a Tony Hawk vert ramp that has dimensions of 12.4 x 10.6 x 9.5 inches so that should be a good starting point for any quality vert ramp.
- The vert ramps used for finger boarding have a high point and a low point – unlike the U-shaped models used in traditional skateboarding. Construct a base of Styrofoam to serve as the foundation of the vert ramp. Styrofoam is a good material since it holds its shape pretty well against abuse.
- You will need flap of folder to create the curve. If you’ve plotted the dimensions of the curve correctly, the cardboard would simply follow the contour of the natural curve.
- To support the curved area of the vert, buttress the gap with blocks of extra Styrofoam. You may sculpt it to size to make sure that the gap is well supported and there are no uneven areas.
- Paint your finished master piece to make it look like an actual Tech Deck creation. Poster paint should do the trick nicely.
Finger boarding may be an expensive hobby but there are ways to get around the expenses if you really want to cut costs and have the full gear for your sport.