Workshop with Access

finished products of the skateboard making workshop

Since starting Cottage over 5 years ago (how ridiculous is that!) I honestly never thought I'd be going in the direction I'm going, but I have to say, it's been the most fulfilling and mutually beneficial part of the whole experience.  

The direction I'm talking about is using skateboards as a vehicle for positive change through education.  Giving kids a learning experience where they're completely excited and engaged is a pretty amazing thing to witness.  Over the course of a day, you see the transformation from (for lack of a better term) angsty, closed-off teenager, to completely stoked young legend, who's overcome so many hurdles, challenges, and difficulties to make something useful that they can continue to enjoy. 

It bloody warms my heart!

One really special day we had recently was with Access Community Services.  Access specialise in multicultural issues such as helping new arrivals to our country become settled and thrive in our community.

We worked with four young lads to go through the process, and I think you'll see from the photos, they were frothing!

skateboard making workshop - pressing decks

Pressing decks in the skateboard making workshop

Cutting decks - skateboard making workshop


Custom skateboard artwork workshop

finished product - skate create workshop

artwork time - skate workshop


If you're looking to get a workshop in your school or community group, check out our workshops page, or please contact me and I'll send you through some extra info!

November 09, 2017 by Jimmy Kakanis

Skateboard Making Workshops - in schools!

We recently stopped in at Silkwood School to run a skateboard making workshop with 8 grade 9 kids.

Izzy from Mermaid Creative Co was on hand to shoot it, and here is the final product!


Get in touch if you'd like to run a workshop at your school or community organisation!

October 11, 2017 by Jimmy Kakanis

The Cottage Hat

Mellow, chill, dope, rad.  Descriptive words that may or may not do justice to this piece of headwear.

And this video from Mermaid Creative Co seems to sum it up even better than words can imagine.

You can grab the lazy-boy cap here.


September 06, 2017 by Jimmy Kakanis

2017 - the year of the workshop!

skateboard making workshops

G'day legends! 

We've done some evaluating, we've done some thinking, and we've actually done some planning! 

Hurrah, it's a miracle!

I've been a little lost with what to do with Cottage over the last year or so.  Of course I'm proud of what we've achieved (over 450 custom skateboards made), a contribution to the revival of the Legionnaires Cap, and a bunch of shirts printed and sitting-pretty on the backs of a good crew of shredders.

But the part of the journey that's been the most fulfilling, is running the 'Skateboard making workshops'.  

Seeing the smiles on the dials of the groms, travellers, and old-school rippers has been the most satisfying feeling since starting this journey all the way back in 2012 (holy crap it's been almost 5 years!).

So this year we're making a commitment to run more workshops in the local Byron Bay region.  As well as start our mission to providing the opportunity to schools in the Northern Rivers, Gold Coast and Brisbane regions.  

If you'd like us to come to your school.  Please email or give me a call on 0403 955 338

Or if you're in Byron Bay, check out the skateboard workshop info page.


January 22, 2017 by Jimmy Kakanis

Introducing the cottage legionnaires cap!

Here's a project I've been working on for the better part of 4 years..  Presenting, the Legionnaires Cap!


 Here's some photos of the cap in action.

cottage legionnaires cap

bildo wearing the sand coloured legionnaires cap           richie testing the legionnaires hat

It's beautiful isn't it.

bowls to die for

April 12, 2016 by Jimmy Kakanis

sandpit artist showcase

On Thursday Sept 24, the legends at The Sandpit Radio Show on BayFM are hosting an artist showcase at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Ten of Byron's best guitar slingers will each perform a song based around 'the ocean'.  

If you buy a raffle ticket, you could even win one of our boards!

It's gonna be a bloody blast.

Artists include Kyle Lionheart, Jeese Pumphrey, Mark Ridout, Rodrigo, Kit Bray, Paul Adams, Paul George, Squeak Lemaire, Nick Cunningham and The Badlands

Or check the facebook page for more details -

Come get involved!

August 31, 2015 by Jimmy Kakanis

get out of your head

This blog is getting a little stale.  I wanted it to be a place where I could muse/vent/conspire and talk about what was happening in this little journey that cottage skateboards is.  

I wanted it to be an insight into what life was like in a small start-up brand.  Where the pain came from, and where the stoke is.

I wanted it to be a place to come and laugh at myself, my brand and everything else that's going on in this crazy world.  So many absurdities..

I don't think I've actually voiced this before, so maybe that's why it hasn't happened (or maybe only happened occasionally).  

It's an odd fear that creeps in an stops you from doing something you really want to do.  Potentially a fear of failing, or being laughed at.  Either way, it's all made up.  

It's pretty much all in your head.

Get out of your head.

August 31, 2015 by Jimmy Kakanis

veneer into the unknown

Some people find starting something to be the difficult part.  Others struggle to finish things off..

I think for us, we find it hard to concentrate on one idea at a time.  There's always so many options and ideas.  All of which probably offer some value or function or purpose to someone.  It's hard to know what path to take.

Sometimes you might even stumble across an option, give it a try and breeze right past it, not realizing that maybe you should have spent more time on it.  

That option for us lately, has been experiments with veneers.  About a year ago we did a few tests, and made some really nice boards with some local veneers we'd found at a big warehouse in Currumbin.  

It was a fun project, but after our small supply dried up, we moved on and continued with fabrics and resin to see what we could find down that track.  

But after a good 6 month period away from the veneers, retrospect gave us a pretty delicious dose of insight.  

Then, we got lucky.  A few weeks ago we found a veneer place that was moving warehouses and we managed to get our fingers on about 80 boards worth of really interesting natural and composite veneers.  We mucked around with the first couple of boards last week.

And from that extra bit of experimentation we've made new connections, strengthened a few old ones, and developed some grand ideas for more experiments.

Who the hell knows what we'll find, but I reckon it will be bloody good in some way or another!


August 07, 2015 by Jimmy Kakanis

Current lineup - July 2015

July 14, 2015 by Jimmy Kakanis