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September 17, 2008 > Pair crafting 36-foot skateboard in WVa

Pair crafting 36-foot skateboard in WVa

By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Submitted By AP Wire Service

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP), Sep 14 _ Travelers have put the World's Largest Ball of Twine on their itineraries, so why not the World's Longest Skateboard? Two local artists are now laboring to create a rolling work of art worthy of the Guinness Book of World Records.

The title World's Longest Skateboard currently belongs to a 30-foot, 1-inch long board made in Newton, Mass., in 2005. This distinction is now being challenged by a 36-foot skateboard being made by Rich ``Patch Whisky'' Miller and Jeff Mills in the top floor studio at Gary Bowling's House of Art in Bluefield.

Miller climbed aboard the skateboard _ now a long 500-pound length of wood _ and wondered whether Guinness will allow as many as 10 to 12 wheels. Will it still be considered a real skateboard if it has more than four wheels?

``That's why I'm waiting for Guinness to get back with me,'' he said. ``I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to have 12 wheels or not. With six sets of tracks it would definitely be strong enough to get 10 to 15 people on this thing.''

Without extra wheels, the skateboard will flex more like a diving board if a rider isn't above the wheels, Miller said.

Naturally, riding such a large skateboard won't be the only challenge the project presents. First, its builders have to get it out of the studio. Fortunately, it's been lined up with a back door so its makers can ``shoot it right out the back,'' Miller said.

And where could anyone ride a 36-foot skateboard? One possibility is to display it at the art house, but that might involve knocking out a wall to make room. That idea is still in the contemplation stage.

``When we get there, who knows? We might just knock that wall down,'' Miller said.

Displaying the World's Longest Skateboard at the Mercer Mall is another idea being considered, but it raises another logistical challenge: How do you transport a 36-foot-long skateboard? That hurdle may be met when the first one, finishing the board and painting it, is completed.

No matter where the skateboard is ridden and displayed, its creators hope it will become a new draw for Bluefield.

``Hopefully it will be an attraction,'' Miller said. ``People come from all over the world to see the World's Largest Ball of Twine, so hopefully people will come to Bluefield to see the World's Largest Skateboard.''

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Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph,
http://www.bdtonline.com

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