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Here's some stuff on    http://z-boys.com/   if Ya haven't seen it?

http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/dtown/articles.html

http://www.angelfire.com/ca/alva3/spin.html

http://www.angelfire.com/indie/bulldogart/bulldogstory.html

http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/dtown/dogtownprintads.html


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Just stumbled upon this thread. Cool stuff, entertaining and relevant to why we`re here at BDS in the first place. I was just reading the Concrete Wave article from `02 about Wes (Pimp`s in there too) a few nights ago at work and recall there were more stories in other publications too. Thanks for posting those links Big Dawg!

I do remember reading a Toft interview in Skateboarder sometime around early `78? where Lonnie was exalting the virtues of wide boards with snub noses and how the older designs were flawed. Shit, I had just made a Logan copy of solid oak with a pointy nose just months earlier in woodshop after moving recently to Alaska from Texas. To top it off I couldn`t really use the damn thing as it was still winter, but when the summer rolled around I got a wider board finally and we set up crude plywood ramps-imagine having a pool up here-NOT! There was a lag in my experience where I didn`t see a skate mag for a few months, and besides skateboards looked the same for years and then there was this revolution/revelation of sorts. That was the stuff that would blow the mind of a fourteen year old.

Wes is innovative for having the first real graphics on skateboards and lead the trend in wide decks. We all owe him our gratitude for that- Thanks Wes!

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I'd never read that '02 article from Ozzy on you Wes. That's good reading, thanks for posting that link.
Real Skate History 101!

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I remember reading that way back when. Refreshing to see it again. Can't get enough of the evolution of the skate species
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Thanks You Guys, I'm Stoked your digging this, I think the 3 things that I & Jim did was the Wider Boards, Art on Boards & Concave Boards cuz the Tri Plane was the 1st concave Board that I ever saw & it was Copied from a Curled Board I made & Rode, All 3 are pretty much the Norm on all Skates made today ...

Here's a few Pic's of some of the boards I was making & riding at these times...  Some were Super Light weighed a Pound so they would flex & some would just snap at the tails? 

When We started They were just a hair over 6.5" x 30....  My best guess is in 1975...




http://www.bulldogskates.com/Wes/FiremanPool76.wmv

Here's another 7.5x 30"....

http://bulldogskates.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=495481

Then 1977 I rode this at the Dog Bowl.... 8 x30"




Copied this from the Stile thread cuz it's also a 77 board...

I got this from Jim Goodrich's FB Photos.....

"Paul Constantineau, Skatopia skatepark, 1977. Gotta love those hand drawn graphics done with felt marker."





I was looking for a little thing Jim & I did I think 78 in the Skate Mag about the Pig but I can't find it?


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yeah that dude posts awesome pics,  he recently had a pic up of Marty Grimes


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They look like ash, which is typically lighter in weight than oak.
It has a nice strength to weight ratio too. I think they used to make
waterskis out of it, steambent. If memory serves, I think the first G&S 
warptails were made that way.
I also thought you guys were the first to put wheel wells in.
If not, you certainly did them like nobody else, 
reducing the deck's weight I'd guess?
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Yea for the most part Ash was the best but wasn't always there so we took what they had like the board making Junkieys we were...  Hahahahaah    You may know better than I but it seemed the tighter the grain was (AKA More there Was) the stronger & Stiffer the boards were the less & they would Break....

Look at PC's board in the Photo above  that's Red Oak, The Board I made that became the Tri Plain was Burch kind of a copper Color & heavy but took a bunch of Slams & didn't Split!

Here's some of mine......



This was a Soft Ash Board that broke the 1st day after tons of time drawing &

even fiber glassed the bottom..



these are Burch Also....





I think the the warp tail was a hunk of....   He had a clue what a good board was & if He wasn't getting payed He wouldn't have rode it like many of the other boards at that time...  But most people just hadn't gotten on a good board cuz there wasn't many around ?




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I have an old Skateboarder Mag, Nov. 78 I think that has an inteview with Wes and Jim on the subject of wide decks.


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Post it up if you can man, I'd love to read it.
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I'm glad you saved those boards Wes, especially that one snapped in half.
The art on that one looks painstaking.
A lot of history in those f'sho.
Cool how you kept re-working some of the same graphic elements,
refining them till they worked with the proportions and shape of the boards.
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Post it up if you can man, I'd love to read it.

I'll try to scan it tomorrow.


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Thanks, can You rescan them at 200% & 300 dpi it will make them way easyer to read...





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Thanks, can You rescan them at 200% & 300 dpi it will make them way easyer to read...





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