Establish OakTown Hall 2013: Town Park Sk8 Gallery

Help us raise funding for our neighbors at the Town Park Sk8 Gallery and help Establish OakTown Hall in 2013!
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OakTown Hall
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Help us raise funding for our neighbors at the Town Park Sk8 Gallery and help Establish OakTown Hall in 2013!

With your help, Oaktown Hall will be able to:

-Replace stolen metal headers on ramps and pipes
-Resurface many of the ramps, adding Skatelite and plywood
-Employ skilled carpenters with stipends and coordinate volunteers to work with local youth in repairing and improving skate ramps
-Providing a stipend for administrative support
-Conduct ongoing repairs as we seek to develop more projects and continued relationships with the park.



We will be conducting much needed repairs at the DIY skate park, that was started six years ago in an empty parking lot in DeFremery Park. As OakTown Hall develops new projects and programs for our industrial arts community to engage in, we are building and deepening our relationships with young people in the neighborhood.

All Town Park photographs courtesy of Odell Hussey at OdellHussey.com

To learn all about Town Park and why it is so important to the West Oakland community check out this informative short documentary by Town Park documentarian Odell Hussey!
Short Film on Town Park by Odell Hussey
Town Park Sk8 Gallery Facebook Page


OakTown Hall is a project development center and a gallery for the salvage and re-use arts and sciences. A former Burning Man art project, the two-story structure is built entirely from salvaged materials. We are located at American Steel, a 250,000 square foot industrial arts warehouse in the Lower Bottoms, West Oakland. American Steel is a hub for artists, builders and fabricators as well as many small businesses. Our goal is to build and support projects that focus on localization while enhancing the visibility and the opportunities of our industrial arts community.


OakTown Hall website
OakTown Hall Facebook Page
OakTown Hall Twitter Page


OakTown Hall was built as a collaborative venture by our industrial arts community. Each year, this community builds a remarkable city in the desert. We are wondering what happens when we apply that kind of grassroots energy for project building and fundraising right here in West Oakland.

This campaign is an opportunity for you to get involved! We can't do it without your help!


Please support OakTown Hall at this critical stage as a project development forum for the local community so they we can give representation, a voice and empowerment to the amazing individuals and things already happening at American Steel and our West Oakland neighborhood.

Image by Odell Hussey




What We Need & What You Get

With your help, Oaktown Hall will be able to:

-Replace stolen metal headers on ramps and pipes
-Resurface many of the ramps, adding Skatelite and plywood
-Employ skilled carpenters with stipends and coordinate volunteers to work with local youth in repairing and improving skate ramps
-Providing a stipend for administrative support
-Conduct ongoing repairs as we seek to develop more projects and continued relationships with the park.

The Town Park Sk8 gallery is one of the most used recreational facilities in the neighborhood and the city and the ramps really take a beating. We need to replace many of the missing steel plate entries to the ramps, and repair and replace many of the surfaces. Throughout the campaign we are joining the neighborhood to spruce up the park in time for the Life Is Living Festival.

Image by Odell Hussey

There are a lot of people ready and willing to help out and get involved at Town Park. With your funding and support we can get many of the materials we need to get a good start on getting the park in tip-top shape!


By donating to us, we are able to create sustainable and committed roles. A portion of the funding will go towards people like Keith "K-Dub" Williams, who has invested an incredible amount of time and energy into developing the Town Park Sk8 Gallery and producing Tha Hood Games. Without K-Dub, this project would probably not be happening at all. K-Dub has been busy DOING all the things most of us are scratching our heads and trying to figure out how to do. He gets big props in our book and is inspiring us to get off our butts and do the same.

Image by Odell Hussey

Your funding will also go to local artists and fabricators who are contributing wonderful perks and rewards. This helps enhance their opportunities to participate creatively and support Town Park while forging collaborative opportunities at OakTown Hall.

We hope you will be seduced by their marvelous offerings!




The Impact

Can a grassroots project development community effectively give shape to the opportunities we are depicting in this campaign? Many people scratch their heads and wonder how to develop these kinds of ongoing programs and relationships. We have tremendous confidence and faith in our community to do the things we are proposing and much more. Our community regularly helps to build a whole city in the desert each year in the course of a few months! When focused on avenues for localized opportunities to give and to serve with our collaborative skills and abilities, we see no end to what this community can do while enhancing their own role and purpose as serving the urgent needs of our neighborhood.

We believe this industrial arts community is made to serve these types of roles. With an ethic based upon radical self-reliance and building a local economy based upon giving and exchange as a way to give shape to greater paths and opportunities, we see these projects as fundamental to our own ethos and identity.


We find tremendous inspiration in Town Park founder, Keith "K-Dub" Williams who is simply out there doing what needs to be done to provide a forum for kids in this neighborhood to engage in skating, relationship building and artistic expression. It is a true and localized forum for community. The ramps at Town Park are all wooden and plywood ramps and they get pretty shredded by the constant use and energy of the kids in this neighborhood. Town Park receives a lot of love and effort from the skate and artist community, but a lot more support is needed.

Image by Odell Hussey

At OakTown Hall, we are developing a broader vision based upon the people and the things people are already doing all around us. By uplifting all of those things and connecting them into a broader and more sustainable and self-reliant vision, we see the opportunity to enhance and empower the community. Your funding and support will be a major step towards developing the opportunity for us to do that at OakTown Hall.

This will help to Establish OakTown Hall as an essential part in the process of serving the needs of our community, .




Other Ways You Can Help

You can also help this campaign by sharing information with your friends, like our Facebook page to stay current on what we are currently working on and telling others by word of mouth.
OakTown Hall on FB

We are also rallying our industrial arts community for the Life Is Living Festival on October 12th in support of Town Park and their annual skate contest at the event at DeFremery Park. If you want to volunteer to help fix up the park or bring an art car for the event or contribute in any way, please contact us! Life Is Living is the biggest West Oakland community event of the year so come out and support!
Life Is Living Facebook Page




Perks & Rewards

OakTown Hall Patch-$20 donation

Get your OakTown Hall patch! OakTown Hall is an American Steel Studios local landmark which showcases what our industrial arts community can accomplish through collaboration and salvage and reuse!




16 GB of Custom Made Computatin'-$25 donation

Aaron Minjares of the Front Porch designed these magnificent little thumb drives with a Victorian ornate floral design! Each drive will contain lots of materials about OakTown Hall and our creative community!







Fine Art Print from AXimages- $35 donation

Select your favorite fine art print from AXimages photo collection of our OakTown Hall community.

Each print is 11x17 on sturdy print stock and signed/numbered on the back.

You can select your favorite *here



Town Park "Bless & Build" T- $50 donation

Long sleeved t-shirts custom designed by K-Dub with the Town Park Sk8 Gallery logo and the theme of this campaign...Build.

Black t-shirts come in medium and large (please specify size)



The Front Porch T-Shirt- $50 donation

Get your t-shirt of the iconic Front Porch logo designed by Peter Nevins!

White short sleeve tees come in medium and large (please specify size)



Town Park/OakTown Hall Hoodie- $85*/$125 donation** 

*An $85 donation gets you your own personal hoodie!

**Bonus $125 donation:This donation gets you a hoodie and also gives 1 hoodie to one of the kids at Town Park!

Get your custom designed and screen-printed Town Park/Oaktown Hall community "Build" hoodie! Designed by K-Dub, founder of Town Park and Doug Kittredge of Anarchitectural.

Zip Front black hoodie comes in medium and large (please specify size)


(patches on opposite shoulders)

(back of hoodie)   *etching by Roskata



Hand Forged Forged Railroad Spike Knife by Anthem Ward- $125

Each of these unique, hand-forged railroad spike knives are custom made by Anthem Ward with his DIY forge setup from salvaged railroad spikes. Each blade is a unique one of a kind custom piece of art!






Front Porch Liquor Cabinet- $350 donation

Zac Carroll of the Front Porch has designed a custom built from salvage liquor cabinet that is always a crowd pleaser! Each cabinet has a glass enclosure and is built from all salvage materials. The wood is masterfully singed with a patented technique handed down through generations to Zac Carroll involving high grade whiskey and a lighter!

(These are available by pick-up only).



Custom Framed Prints by AXimages- $300 donation

These high quality prints of our OakTown Hall creative community, by AXimages, are each uniquely framed and finished in beautiful antique Victorian redwood trim. You can select your preferred print. Each print is 11x17.

Select your favorite *here




Uncle Sam Framed Print- $500 donation

Uncle Sam is an old friend of OakTown Hall and a local recycler. Uncle Sam did an interview on our porch and shared his fascinating life and story in West Oakland with us. Included is an 11x17 custom framed print with 3 different images to select from, as well as Sam's story included on the back. Also includes a thumb drive with some of the video footage from the interview. Each donation will contribute $100 directly to Uncle Sam.





Framed Android Jones Print/Burning Man Project Accord- $800 donation

This is a 24x60 beautifully custom framed print of the momentous accord between Burning Man founder, Larry Harvey and Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee at SF City Hall on the Front Porch and announcing the launch of The Burning Man Project! Created by the celebrated, visionary artist, Android Jones.




JUBILATION 12x30 acid on brass/copper by Stephen Bruce- $1000 donation

Stephen Bruce is one of American Steel's most dedicated and prolific artists and is a master of patinas and metallic finishes. He is also our next door neighbor to OakTown Hall at Stephen B Studios.

Stephen generously donated this beautiful piece for the campaign called "Jubilation". (Acid on brass and copper - 12x30)

Stephen B Studios Facebook Page



Orbitectural Globe by Pim Conradi- $1500 donation

Pim Conradi is difficult to sum up in words, which is why we are including a thumb drive with video footage interviews about Pim and his artwork/philosophy he calls 'Orbitecture'. Pim scavenges the area and built this Orbitectural Globe from materials salvaged entirely from around American Steel. The wood is all hand crafted from wine barrel staves and remnants, and the hardware itself was scavenged from around the facility. Every piece is stained by hand with linseed oil. There is a geometric design inherent in both the globe and the stand that Pim will further explain in the video footage included. This is a unique, one of a kind salvage masterpiece.

Short Video with Pim Conradi by Metric Cosmetics





The Front Porch at Your Event- $5000 donation

Now this is really a golden opportunity folks...the world famous Front Porch has been offered up as a reward to some lucky bidder to bring the magic and the spectacle of an interactive living set to their party or event, replete with live performers! The illustrious captain of The Front Porch himself will commandeer his ship and bring Burning Man's most well known art car and fresh baked cookies to your wedding reception or your parent's golden anniversary!

(Bay Area only! Contact to see if you are within reach.)



For no extra charge, we'll even throw in Aaron and Lev, the strapping young lads of the Front Porch and their captain, Zac. These boys will be sure to get your celebration jumpin' with some dancing and even bake you and yours some fresh baked cookies!





Hold Your Celebration, Banquet or Feast at OakTown Hall and the Front Porch-$10,000 donation

This is as good as it gets! When the Front Porch comes out and forms a town square courtyard for feasting and celebration at OakTown Hall, you are in for a rip-roaring good time in a truly magical setting! We often get requests for this for wedding receptions and other special events, but rarely acquiesce. This is your chance to make these magnificent structures your own for your feast or event in a forum that feels slightly enchanted and otherworldly. Our annual Christmas Orphans Feast is the only time we normally do this so take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts!






The General Store Shed- $10,000 donation

Each tiny house we build at AX (Anarchitectural) is a thing of beauty. "The General Store" is a 12'x12' pure salvage structure, lovingly crafted with a front porch and stands approximately 14' high. All materials are procured from the vast wilderness of old dilapidated structures that surround us on yonder frontiers. You name it and we will put the custom painted letters on the crest. This beauty was called "The Four Dog Mercantile" and was featured at the Peralta Junction showcase!



The Kelley Vardoe/Gypsy Wagon- $25,000 donation

Be the first to help us prototype our design for an antique truck- gypsy vardoe style home! We have been dying to build one of these and you could be the catalyst that helps us customize what is destined to become a classic in mobile transportation! See us for details on this one! (*negotiable)

Rendering and designs on the Kelley Vardoe are underway so keep an eye out for a visual on this mid-campaign!

This is an initial visualization by Tigre Bailando featuring Little Joe's "Baby Huey" 12' bed Chevy 1 ton. 





OakTown Hall Campaign Collaborators


Anarchitectural Website
Anarchitectural Facebook Page



Town Park Facebook Page



Front Porch Facebook Page



Metric Cosmetics on Vimeo
Dorian Cohen on Facebook



Broaklyn Film & Theater Co. Website



Built From Salvage Website



Little Joe's Fabrication Facebook Page



Sharp Teeth Press Website




Coyote Counter Collective Website



Stephen B Studios Facebook Page




OakTown Hall Campaign Team

Doug Kittredge is co-founder of OakTown Hall and the AX Gallery for the Salvage & Reuse Arts and Sciences. Kittredge entered the industrial arts scene in the Bay Area in 2007 seeking to develop a framework for salvage and reuse as a foundational component of a more self reliant and localized community that merges art, education and small business. After working on developing his ideas with Paulette Barnes in 2011, he begun to understand the needs and the opportunity that the six acre warehouse at American Steel Studios offers the local community of West Oakland merged with collaborative learning and building experiences created by the festival scene and its many do-it-yourself collaborative grassroots projects.

Kittredge is a firm believer in the salvage and reuse ethos that you see the value in everything and everyone around you and build from that foundation first, allowing projects and visions to develop a life of their own.


Keith "K-Dub" Williams - Arts Specialist. K-Dub is an artist, art educator, muralist and community youth arts organizer.  He is the founder of the Town Park Sk8 Gallery in Oakland, California. K-Dub holds a BA in Art, Cal-State Univ. Long Beach. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Mocha Museum of Children’s Art Oakland. From 2000 to 2008 K-Dub was the Co-Director of the Oakland High School- Visual Art Academy.

K-Dub has worked with students in northern and southern California to create community Murals in over 40 Schools, Parks, Neighborhoods and Art Centers. K-Dub has been presented with “Visual Art Teacher of the Year”- 2006/07 & 2003/04 by Art Is; “Artist of the Year” presented by City of Long Beach. He was also chosen as “Artist of the Year” by the Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, and was nominated for the Eureka Fellowship by the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco.

K-Dub’s personal work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Galleries and Museums including: Oakland Museum; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Cal State Long Beach University Museum; and Steel Life Gallery in Chicago, IL. K-Dub is Founder and Creative Director of Tha Hood Games, an urban Skateboard Jam and Youth Arts Festival that blends skateboarding with live art, music, dance and fashion performances. K-Dub has also produced over ten Tha Hood Games skateboard themed Art exhibitions in museums, galleries, public art spaces and three Skateboard film festivals in Oakland, Napa and American Canyon, CA.


Ty Bourne is the co-founder of OakTown Hall and the AX Gallery at American Steel Studios in West Oakland, California. He is also the Production Manager for the Vau de Vire Society, an avant-cabaret performance and circus community, The Edwardian Ball and Anarchitectural. He moonlights as the Performance Team Lead for Burning Man Special Events. For the past 16 years he has worked as a stage manager, stage hand, videographer and decor lead for festivals, fashion shows and events around the U.S.

A product of the public school system in New York City, Bourne attended an after school program in Washington Heights called the Children’s Arts and Sciences Workshops, eventually becoming a teacher’s assistant there. His experience at CASW is a big reason Ty believes in being active in your neighborhood.


California native, Zac Carroll is the team leader of The Front Porch, a Great Depression era styled mobile structure that echoes a bygone era of porches as a forum for localized community and celebration.

Carroll is also a home remodeling contractor as well as being an accomplished airplane pilot. He is the embodiment of the code of radical self-reliance, and shares generously with his neighbors, often baking cookies for everyone who enters his beloved creation, the magical Front Porch. Zac has achieved iconic status in the industrial arts community in the Bay Area and has enthusiastically joined forces with OakTown Hall to bring attention and awareness to this campaign.



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    Acknowledgement on our website

    We are grateful for every donation, and we plan to show that by making a great big fuss about it... Thankyou!

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  • $20USD
    OakTown Hall Patch

    Get your OakTown Hall patch! OakTown Hall is an American Steel Studios local landmark which showcases what our industrial arts community can accomplish through collaboration and salvage and reuse!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    16gb of custom made computatin

    Aaron Minjares of the Front Porch designed these magnificent little thumb drives with a Victorian ornate floral design! Each drive will contain lots of materials about OakTown Hall and our creative community!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    Fine Art Print from AXimages

    Select your favorite fine art print from AXimages photo collection of our OakTown Hall community. Each print is 11x17 on sturdy print stock and signed/numbered on the back. See below for a link to pick your favorite print.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    Town Park "Bless & Build" T

    Long sleeved t-shirts custom designed by K-Dub with the Town Park Sk8 Gallery logo and the theme of this campaign...Build.

    5 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $50USD
    The Front Porch T-Shirt

    Get your t-shirt of the iconic Front Porch logo designed by Peter Nevins!

    6 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $85USD
    Town Park/OakTown Hall Hoodie

    Get your custom designed and screen-printed Town Park/Oaktown Hall community "Build" hoodie! **For one personal hoodie.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $125USD
    Town Park/OakTown Hall Hoodie

    Get your custom designed and screen-printed Town Park/Oaktown Hall community "Build" hoodie!

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $125USD
    Forged Railroad Spike Knife

    Each of these unique, hand-forged railroad spike knives are custom made by Anthem Ward with his DIY forge setup from salvaged railroad spikes. Each blade is a unique one of a kind custom piece of art!

    4 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $300USD
    Framed Prints by AXimages

    These high quality prints of our OakTown Hall creative community, by AXimages, are each uniquely framed and finished in beautiful antique Victorian redwood trim. You can select your preferred print. Each print is 11x17. See below to select your preferred framed print.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $350USD
    Front Porch Liquor Cabinet

    Zac Carroll of the Front Porch has designed a custom built from salvage liquor cabinet that is always a crowd pleaser! Each cabinet has a glass enclosure and is built from all salvage materials. (These are available by pick-up only).

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $500USD
    Uncle Sam Framed Print

    Uncle Sam is an old friend of OakTown Hall and a local recycler. Uncle Sam did an interview on our porch and shared his fascinating life and story in West Oakland with us. Included is an 11x17 custom framed print with 3 different images to select from, as well as Sam's story included on the back. Also includes a thumb drive with some of the video footage from the interview. Each donation will contribute $100 directly to Uncle Sam.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $800USD
    Framed Android Jones Print

    This is a 24x60 beautifully custom framed print of the momentous accord between Burning Man founder, Larry Harvey and Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee at SF City Hall on the Front Porch and announcing the launch of The Burning Man Project! Created by the celebrated, visionary artist, Android Jones.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    JUBILATION 12x30-Stephen Bruce

    Stephen Bruce is one of American Steel's most dedicated and prolific artists and is a master of patinas and metallic finishes. He is also our next door neighbor to OakTown Hall at Stephen B Studios. Stephen generously donated this beautiful piece for the campaign called "Jubilation" Acid on brass and copper 12x30

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Orbitectural Globe-Pim Conradi

    Pim Conradi is difficult to sum up in words, which is why we are including a thumb drive with video footage interviews about Pim and his artwork/philosophy he calls "Orbitecture". Every piece is stained by hand with linseed oil. This is a unique, one of a kind salvage masterpiece.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    The Front Porch at Your Event

    Now this is really a golden opportunity folks...the world famous Front Porch has been offered up as a reward to some lucky bidder to bring the magic and the spectacle of an interactive living set to their party or event, replete with live performers! The illustrious captain of The Front Porch himself will commandeer his ship and bring Burning Man's most well known art car and fresh baked cookies to your wedding reception or your parent's golden anniversary!

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $10,000USD
    OakTown Hall and Front Porch

    This is as good as it gets! When the Front Porch comes out and forms a town square courtyard for feasting and celebration at OakTown Hall, you are in for a rip roaring good time in a truly magical setting! Our annual Christmas Orphans Feast is the only time we normally do this so take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts!

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $10,000USD
    The General Store Shed

    Each tiny house we build at AX is a thing of beauty. "The General Store" is a 12'x12' pure salvage structure, lovingly crafted with a front porch and stands approximately 14' high. You name it and we will put the custom painted letters on the crest! This beauty was called "The Four Dog Mercantile"!

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $25,000USD
    The Kelley Vardoe

    Be the first to help us prototype our design for an antique truck- gypsy vardoe style home! We have been dying to build one of these and you could be the catalyst that helps us prototype the first in what is destined to become a classic in mobile transportation! Renderings and details coming soon!

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