Skilled board maker: Meet Seth Scoville

Taking the first steps to create a board is junior Seth Scoville. Prior to making a board, he had to create a pattern for it and then use a table saw to cut it out of wood. "I usually don't have time to make a board, so when I feel like making one I push everything aside and make it," Scoville said. Photo Credit: Seth Scoville

The scent of sawdust wafts up his nose as his hands, raw from cutting patterns and sprinkled with splinters, work over the wood. A few more buffs to smooth out the edges and the board will be one step closer to complete.

Meet junior Seth Scoville. He creates boards off all types: skateboards, penny boards and long boards. His hobby for board making began freshman year and was inspired by his father, who owned his own board.

“My dad had a five foot board that was pretty sweet. I wanted to ride it to school, but it was really long so I couldn’t turn. I figured I would make my own board, which I did,” Scoville said.

Scoville’s first experience making a board was rough, but as the bland rectangles of wood were transformed into the curving figures of a board, Scoville’s passion for board-making began.

“The first board I created was made of a wood that was basically 70 percent glue and 30 percent sawdust, and sawdust isn’t even real wood. It came out nice and I went riding on it, but I slipped off of it and a car ran over it, but it was still in one piece. However, my friend then borrowed it, and while riding, it cracked,” Scoville said.

Creating a board is an elaborate process and can take many days to complete. Despite this, Scoville still opts to add more and more to his collection.

“The process depends on what board you’re making. If it’s a layered board, you take the layers of wood and glue them together, then put them inside of a press form for a period of time depending on the amount of glue. After it finishes drying, you take it out of the form and cut out the shape you want. That’s the overall process, which takes a few days for a good one,” Scoville said.

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Additionally, several materials are required in order to create a board. Many of the tools Scoville uses can be found in his home, however, there are still a few items necessary to board-making he must buy at the store.

“The materials I need are pretty much wood, glue, wheels and trucks. My dad is a carpenter so I have most of my materials at home, but for the wheels and trucks I buy them online, and they can be pretty expensive,” Scoville said.

However, not everyone has had a positive experience with Scoville’s hobby.

“They’re small, but they work. I’ve ridden one of them and ended up hurting my arm in the process,” Scoville’s brother, Isaiah Scoville, said.

Nonetheless, he still pursues the hope of one day turning his hobby into a lifestyle that will earn him money and a home.

“I hope to one day make this into a business. I want to create them, open up a shop and sell them to people. Hopefully I’ll be able to make enough money to support myself and buy a house, but for now I’m looking forward to designing them to sell,” Scoville said.

Scoville makes boards of all different shapes, lengths, designs and styles in order to prevent them from having a uniform look.

“All of my boards are different. When cutting them, I decide to do something random on one side and if it looks cool, make it parallel on the other. I also add graphics to the bottoms of them. Each one is unique,” Scoville said.