MakerUSA collective exists
as a place where the reverence for the handmade is at the core of our mission, where an authentic life is one where inspiration and insight inform the hands and work of the artistic soul. We specialize in hand-shaped, hollow-core surfboards, using laser-cut Baltic Birch plywood skeletons c
MakerUSA collective exists
as a place where the reverence for the handmade is at the core of our mission, where an authentic life is one where inspiration and insight inform the hands and work of the artistic soul.
We specialize in hand-shaped, hollow-core surfboards, using laser-cut Baltic Birch plywood skeletons combined with a solid wood-bent lamination rail. This exclusive, innovative design allows us to build a lighter wood-core board without compromising the rail and foil shaping, resulting in a custom performance ride.
Far from a self-proclaimed scientist of surfing, Allison turned to legendary shapers John Cherry, Terry Martin and Mickey Munoz for collaboration and support. It was a brilliant blending of talents for this type of venture. Allison shared his knowledge of intricate inlay work, while the three craftsmen brought their expertise in hydrodynamics, history, construction, and marketplace experience.
The end product was a model created through the artistry of hand and machine. Each board was custom designed using digitally constructed cores from laser-cut Baltic birch fin ply. The rails were constructed from solid wood spruce for ease of shaping and strength. Finally, Allison’s veneered designs, originally sketched by his team of artists, were then applied between a layer of 3-mil fiberglass and epoxy resin.
At the christening of the prototype Maker board, Allison’s vision became a reality. From Jersey Shore to Longnook and Balston Beaches in Cape Cod, numerous surfers paddled into the peeling waves with Allison’s first wooden surfboard.
Backed by a team of ten artists, the concept has since evolved from an unusual venture into the world of “Zen” through the development of skateboards and surfboards. Allison believes the strength of his company is in the collaboration of minds, combined with the five years of research and development prior to the Maker launching.
Today, Allison remains just as passionate about creating an ecological friendly product as he was ten years ago. Operating as “an art and design house,” the company is focused as much on the idea as it is on the end product.
As Allison explains, “We look at the entire process and explore new ways to utilize materials. Maker is about the cross-over between high art and street art – that is where the inspiration lies.”