Here is some footage of Gavin and I trying out some finished boards
Friday, 22 June 2012
Being commited to spreading the Word of God is one of the underlying philosophies behind every board I make. So one of the unique attributes of riding a TiPSI D longboard is that every board carries a bit of that word allowing you to live that verse in Ephesians, " place on your feet whatever makes you ready to spread the Gospel of Peace" (Eph 6:15)
Check out the latest:
More verses to come!
Friday, 15 June 2012
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
So there are a lot of businesses out there...so what makes mine different? Well for one thing, instead of using a conventional business model...where one makes a businesses plan and presents it to the bank and gets a start-up loan, I started Tipsi D longboards using a biblical model of finance.
But I guess that I should probably put things in to context. Just over seven years ago, like many other North Americans out there, we were swimming in debt.....with a capital D. One time I actually sat down and figured out that if I only worked to pay the principal...never mind the interest on our credit cards, it would take 15 years to pay off what we owed on credit cards!!! There comes a time when a man is faced with the stark reality that he can not do things alone. When that time comes...it can cause a man to fall. Which is exactly what I did....to my knees.
I realized that if I was to ever get out of this mess, I would need to turn to God for help. Around this time several things happened within months of each other...in a way that can only be described a providential. First, we went on a family retreat that totally blew us away! We were pretty devout already, but this retreat brought our faith to a whole new dimension! It was there I pleaded with God to help us out of our Debt Crisis.
Next we heard about this family called the Duggars who at the time had 17 kids and started to watch their reality show....which I where I first learned about the Scriptural principles for financial management.
To make a long story short, after about 4 years of following the financial principles laid out in Scripture, we are credit card free. Line of credit free. Car payment free. Check out this site for some of these principles I mentioned.
Anyway here are some pics of a board that I am working on:
Gavin is also working on a board of his own:
See you next post:
(dont forget to check out: www.tipsidad.blogspot.com)
Monday, 11 June 2012
Welcome to the TiPSI D Longboard Shop! So here my story...... I am just an ordinary guy who happens to like making longboards. I am a husband. A father of seven, that's right, seven kids. I am also a carpenter, a storyteller, a youth minister and devout Christian. Usually people expect me to stop there, but I also do about a dozen of other things which I will probably talk about later because people start to think I am crazy....as if having seven kids in not crazy enough.
I could go over some long winded explanations about why I started making longboards, but the short version is that as carpenter I love working with wood already. As a Christian, making longboards struck me as a cool way to spread the Gospel.
Each of my longboards are hand made, by me. I mainly use Baltic Birch for my decks because I like the look and feel. I know that there are a lot of guys out there making decks out of maple....and perhaps I will give it a shot sometime. To be honest I am not much of a rider right now, (I do snowboard) however I do know how to work with wood.
I just got a new shipment of material in which means that I will be making a fleet of boards over the next week or two. Be sure to keep checking for pictures and updates!