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Marwood Inc., a Jeffersonville manufacturer, importer and exporter of hardwood veneer and lumber was founded 59 years ago, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that it entered the skateboard market.
And in that time, the company has quickly vaulted to the forefront of the industry.
Marwood is listed as a trusted skateboard veneer source in the new how-to guide, “The Handmade Skateboard,” which was released by Spring House Press a few months ago. The book is sold nationwide at skateboard shops, Woodcraft retail stores and online.
The wood veneers manufactured and shipped by Marwood are layered strips of wood used to form the frame of the skateboard.
The author, Matt Berger, walks readers through the process of designing and custom building your own skateboard while listing resources such as Marwood for building materials.
Jim Martin, CEO and co-owner of Marwood with his brother, Lyman Martin III, said they started exploring the skateboarding industry after skateboard manufacturers started calling them four years ago, after they had upgraded their website. The company was founded in 1955 by the brothers’ father, Lyman Martin Jr.
“We didn’t really know anything about the industry until they started calling us,” he said.
Martin said Marwood primarily works with smaller manufacturers that develop custom-made skateboards rather than with mass producers.
Marwood provides kits with seven strips of plywood of varying grades. They’re available in five sizes, from a standard street skateboard to a larger longboard model. About 99 percent of the wood skateboarding kits shipped by Marwood are crafted from maple wood, he said.
Marty Finley covers economic development, commercial real estate, government, education and sports business.