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561: The House of Steam Wants You! : New THOS Video Podcast Premiere episodes

The House of Steam Wants You!

We launched THOS Video Podcast because some footage just deserves  better packaging. Just as THOS was the archive to dust off a thousand skate albums and encourage the archiving of new and existing photographs THOS Video Podcast was instituted to encourage the dusting off of  VHS tapes and encourage original and unique new filmmaking. Footage from past and present with great music…that simple. Things are different in Itunes land and projects like this need to be viewed regularly and updated frequently or Steve Jobs comes in and pulls the plug personally (seriously). That is what makes projects like this all the more exciting though.

So if you want to support this new project the number one thing you can do as always is to contribute! Videos, Itunes friendly music, suggestions etc etc

We need you to head over to Itunes and write a couple sentences about why you dig THOS!  The podcast already has subscribers in the three digit realm and is steadily climbing the skate ranks even before I write this. More reviews, quality episodes and subscribers will take us to the front page of Itunes.

Because of the nature of this project I have also added a donation jar to The Podcasts Website anyone who feels compelled to assist with the financing of this ongoing project will have  their names, their links or ‘anonymous’ displayed prominently on the site and in upcoming vids and become forever known as natural born world-shakers.

There is also our ever growing Emporium of Coolness where the story continues as told by the products. (more on this later)

So lets break it all down:

Contribute (Link for sending  in large audio and video files)

Write a review and tell the world what you dig about THOS.

Donate because you are a natural born world-shaker.

The Emporium of Coolness

and share:

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

 

Some special thanks  to Sophie ,Mike Vallely, Larry Ransom, Totally Skateboarding, The Philly Warehouse Crew, Steve Mannion,The Raging Lamos, The Spaced out Weirdos, FDR’s mystery filmmaker, anyone who ever visited The Barn, Jim and Dennis Kane, Team Steam and everyone I ever went to school with.

Thanks

Jason Oliva Artist

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Onto the show!

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288: Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility…….Allen Gibson says come one come all! Saturdays 1 to 4

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Attention Everyone,

I have been speaking with Allen and he has expressed a willingness to cultivate an ever expanding and exciting vert scene at his DWG Vert Facility in Blairstown NJ (Which I like to think of as The Barn 2.0™) Just shoot me an email jasonoliva@gmail.com with DWG as the subject and I will make sure you experience all the Saturday afternoon (1 to 4) fun. Please send pictures!

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Hi Jason,

This vid is from Sat. Allen has erected a 3.5-4 foot extension for anyone who’s up to the challenge. You will see his incredible frontside air off this thing!

Hope all is swell, Irene

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ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 5th, 2007

Hi Jason- here are a few pics of my place – the ramp is in Blairstown NJ just
outside the Delaware Water Gap – I built it 3 years ago and it was
constructed by Team Pain and specifically Jeff Hammond – the ramp is a
smaller version of (Bob) Burnquists but with a bend from deep to shallow which
provides a very cool dynamic. 12 vert with 10.6 tranny, 13.5 on the
extensions, 7 shallow bowled corners. It is well heated for winter,
designed for natural light year round and well-maintained.

I welcome anybody who wants to come out and skate – I work in finance
during the week and my family uses this as our weekend home –

I haven’t had a moment to get myself linked into to site but I looked at it this
evening and you should be applauded for not merely a great job but you
have a real sense of the beauty of skateboarding!

all the best,

Allen

Jason Oliva The House of Steam

Thanks for the kind words Allen.

Allen and I were introduced by mutual friends in NYC…Who would have known he had constructed East Coast Skatings best kept secret!…Well the cats outta the bag and Allen has asked for it..hope you have a BIG couch.. he he

Check out these shots!

Actions shots on there way soon.

If you want to get in touch with Allen you can contact him Via The House of Steam Forums…I have set up a Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility category.

and do not forget to checkout Team Pain for all your Skate Ramp Fantasy needs

Jason

Gentlemen I give you The Delaware Water Gap Vert Facility by Allen Gibson

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Could not help myself. Lets visually compare and contrast The DWGVF with The Barn.

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Dennis and Jimmy always liked that shabby sheik look!

Well could this be the new House of Steam! I’ll let Dennis Kane decide after his hopeful July visit.

Welcome to the archive/family Allen! If you want to ride at Allens drop him a line on our forums….and if you do skate their send us your pics……

So SAYS THE HOUSE OF STEAM!!!!
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161: The House of Steam Year One 2007

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The House of Steam Logo Art By Steve Mannion

Hello All

Well by July 20th 2007 The House of Steam will be One Year Old!!

The archive currently has over 170 entries spread across 400 searchable categories.

In order to celebrate our accomplishment I have assembled a Year One Celebration video.

I would like to thank Sophie for all her help and support with the archive.

I would like to thank all the people I have been in contact with (especially via email) who have contributed photos, stories and most importanty time.

To me The House of Steam is an open ended community driven archive. What it does and where it goes is up to you so keep contributing. It is only a matter of time before The House of Steam becomes an important peice of skate history. It is not if it is when. I recall something sprayed on the outside wall of The Barn after it was all closed up, it said…The Time is Now.

so true.

thanks to the following:

Chris “Weep” Blank
Rocky Vertone
Dan Tag
Bernie O’Dowd
Tom Groholski
Steve Herring
Hr & Earl Hudson
Mrs Kane
Darren Menditto
Dave Dalton
Paul Wisniewski
Phil Rouchard
Micke Alba
Rodney Smith
Jeff Roenning
Chris Miller
Steve Mannion
Irving Plaza
Bucky Lasek
Rick “Steamboat” Charnoski
Captain John Ballon
Dan Wilkes
Jim Murphy
Rob Mertz
Ben Cornish
King Diamond
Greg Taylor
Michael Pruskowski
Brian “Kentucky” Boyd
Buster Halterman
Bryan Montez
Kevin McDowall
Jason Parkes
Jimmy Kane
Christian Hosoi
Geoff Graham
Jay Henry
Jeremy Henderson
Puppethead
Sergie Ventura
Dennis Kane
Rob Randolph
Kelly Ryan
Barker Barret
Dr. K
Billy The Kid
The Raging Lamos
Neal Hendrix
Bryan “Bouncing Souls” Kienlen

Hula
Ken Sigafoos
George Draguns
W.H.R.H.S.
Scott Foster
Brent Jordon
WIG
Jake Egolf
Colin Peckham
John Egertson
Koonzy!!
Paul Frassenelli
Derek Rinaldi
Mike Vallely
Steve Kasper
Henry Gutierrez
Skip Winter
Sean Miller
Pete Furnee
Jt Murphy
DWG Vert Facility
Josh Marlowe
Tom “The Rock” Boyle
Jeremy Henderson
Pep Williams
Chuck Treece
Matt Klein

johnny OneNote!

Eric Grisham
Photographers

Ben Cornish
Dan Wilkes
Dennis Kane
Derek Rinaldi
Geoff Graham
Jason oliva
Jay Cabler
Jeff Roenning
Ken Salerno
Kevin McDowall
Steve Rosenberg
WIG
Rick Charnoski
Bagel
Cody Casserio
Mike Mazur
Mr. Groholski

The Raging Lamos

If I missed you Im sorry…I’ll add you for sure!

Soooo. I hope you like the show! If you like the video please feel free to cut an paste it all over the inter-tubes…thats what its here for. Let em know where to find us.

I am going to take a week vacation…see you when I get back.

Oh Yeah look for the video on Grind TV as well!

Thanks

Jason Oliva UK 2007

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88: Bernie O’Dowd frontside air Tom Groholski’s skateboard ramp NJ circa 1984

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Bernie O’Dowd frontside air TomGroholski’s ramp NJ circa 1984

I road Tom’s ramp once Dan Tag brought me…. it was a tricky one I remember it being really slick, wish I brought my camera that day.

If you are one of the individuals on the ground in this photo let us know who you are!

jason oliva

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HEY MAN This is the House of Steam circa 1988
Photo Kevin McDowall

This Gem of a photo of one of the Barns last days and Steve Mannion’s The House of Steam logo are available on T shirts NOW!!

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Click anywhere to check em out

If you want some stickers just paypal thehouseofsteam@gmail.com some dough and we can put them right out to you!

Thanks

jason oliva

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76: The House of WEEP: Backside air Fronceks circa 1987

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Chris “Weep” Blank backside air at Froncek’s ramp NJ circa 1987

Photograph Kevin McDowall (thanks Brutha!)

Weep kickin like a chicken, Rocky and Greg Taylor on the deck. Froncek’s ramp was around the corner from The Barn and it was always our outdoor alternative. (Especially when The Barn was in its last days after The Kanes sold the house)

Many a good time was had by all!

Jason Oliva

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73: The House of WEEP: I am biased but this is one of my favorite Weep photos.

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Chris “WEEP” Blank standing tall frontside grind Froncek’s ramp NJ Jason Oliva on deck

Photo Kevin McDowall

So I am biased about this photo since that is me (Jason Oliva) pointing defiantly at the camera (Kevins Father’s old school SLR) This was during the “You don’t even know” years. I am not sure who said those words first (I’ll guess Jay Henry) but it was quite a catch phrase for the time. It was eventually spray painted on the outside of the Barn during its last days.

So there is Weep doing his stylish thing as always and me letting the future (20 years later) in on the fact that…”You dont even know!”

YAR WEEP!!

Jason Oliva

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