Old factory 1

They say that every picture tells a story. This one looks back to a by gone era of the late 60's. Its June or July, its a busy office with the manager hard at work on the phone probably taking orders for new boards.

 

 

NNumber 2 photo

Theres a happy team, and why not, they are making the most iconic skateboard ever made in Australia. What things do we notice about this picture? This team has been working very hard making boards, lots of boards. Probably getting ready for the summer season. There is hardly any space to work as its all taken up by the finished boards ready to be shipped out. It appears that these board were prepacked in packs of 6. Back then you would probably buy a dozen or half dozen as a minimum order. (pre metric everything was by the dozen). The team are putting together the wheels and truck assembly. The guy on the left has an ingenous way of guiding the loose ball bearings into the wheel cavity. Looks like a short straw loaded up with the correct number of balls dropping into position. He's doing it without looking.

Anyone notice that there is not a coloured board in sight? No red or blue boards. This is the late sixties and they wern't thought of yet. Every board was a natural colour. Shellac was used to coat the boards. (What is shellac?) Its a natural stain made from a particular bugs shelled body. It is mixed with thinners to create a natural durable coating. Not sure if anyone uses this any more.

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Lunch time. Rest your legs in a bucket of Super Wheels. A pile of sandwiches each, bottle of fizzy, something that looks like an apple cut in half & take a look at the wall of decks piled up in the background. Leo mentioned they made tens of thousands of Surfa Sams. This pic gives you an idea that maybe that's underestimated a little. There were no proper records collected. Our worker still has that label on his shirt, dedicated employee, company man. These guys have been working hard. You know the drill.