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  • Deco-Crete Supply
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At Rocketown, a youth-centered event facility in Nashville, Deco-Crete Supply helped transform a set of slippery front steps into an eye-catching series of oversized skateboards. One of the most popular activities at the Rocketown facility is skateboarding, so the idea was to pour a new set of steps out of concrete and have them replicate skateboards. Jason Geiser of Deco-Crete Supply came up with the idea for the steps and says, "In order to make a skateboard 12-feet in length, 16-inches in width, and 2-inches thick out of solid concrete, we had to pull our resources together. The vision of what the boards should look like was constantly playing in our minds, it was just a matter of making it a reality. To make our skateboard steps proportionate we purchased a skateboard and removed the base plate and axel (together they are called a truck) and wheels to get a closer look at how everything fit together. Because of the existing layout at Rocketown, everything except the length of the board would be double the size of an actual skateboard."

The skateboard wheels and trucks were created in rubber molds, and each skateboard step was poured and weighed over 400 pounds. The tops of the boards were coated with a polyaspartic and then blue, clear, and black tumbled glass that matched Rocketown's logo was broadcast on the top. The glass made the new surface slip-resistant, and "it gave the tops of the boards the same texture as an actual skateboard," says Geiser. Layers of dyes and a pin striping tape gave the look of compressed wood to the sides of the boards. "This gave the boards such a real look that even people at the Concrete D├ęcor Show, a show for concrete, thought the boards were made of wood with an overlay on top," recalls Geiser.

"Overall, the entire project from inception to completion spanned six months," says Geiser. "While it only took a few weeks to form and pour the boards, trucks and wheels, there were countless hours spent beforehand talking with different people to help bring this project to life," he says.

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