We are a different type of skateboard business. Yeah, we design and make skateboards. But, our board designs are open source, so we can learn more and keep track of how boards’ features impact our skating.
Aside from innovating in the skate industry, we are spreading STEAM* education via project-based learning focused on something fun and exciting – skateboards.
*STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
About our boards:
- Open source design files
- Made in San Diego, CA or Canada
- Responsibly-sourced wood
- Water-based glue & sealer
- Custom board design and building services on request
About our workshops:
Our workshops are designed by a mechanical engineer with 15 years of skateboarding experience, and can include:
- Digital fabrication (laser cutting and CNC processes)
- 2D & 3D CAD
- Electronics design & integration
- Product development
- Skateboarding lessons
What is “open source”?
Opensource.com does a pretty good job of explaining what “open source” is, and here’s how they define it:
“The term “open source” refers to something that can be modified because its design is publicly accessible. While it originated in the context of computer software development, today the term “open source” designates a set of values—what we call the open source way. Open source projects, products, or initiatives are those that embrace and celebrate open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community development.”
So, an open source skateboard is a skateboard whose source (design) files are available for anyone to access and encourages community growth through collaborative development.
See www.oshwa.org for details on open source hardware. You can identify open source hardware by the logo:
What’s the deal with the way openSource(skateboards); is written?
Since “open source” originated in software development/programming, the name is written how one might find a line of code in a software program. Check out C (programming language) on Wikipedia.
Who builds the decks in your shop?
All other decks are made by the founder of Open Source Skateboards in San Diego, CA.