Thanks to their built-in toughness for surviving those gritty urban streets, skateboards have to have more than nine lives. So no wonder we've seen them reincarnated in cellphone cases, jewelry, bike accessories and even as kitchen backsplashes. Another proponent of the trend is Canadian company Second Shot, which offers eyewear, watches, clocks and knives -- all crafted with recycled skateboards and bamboo.
Operating under the motto that "every board deserves a second shot," Orangeville, Ontario-based artist John Gibson -- a longtime skateboarder himself -- describes how the process goes:
Almost all skateboards are made from seven layers of cross laminated maple ply, with some of the layers dyed different colours depending on the brand and manufacturer. We collect the used, broken and unwanted skateboards from local skaters, skate parks and skate shops.
Once the grip tape is removed the recycled skateboards are ready to be cut, sanded and given a 2nd shot. When pieces from different skateboards are compressed together you get a one of a kind colourful piece of wood, which can be made into just about anything you can imagine, from bird sculptures to sunglasses and watches.
We like how their collection features items that could easily complement each other: rainbow coloured, sturdy sunglasses that stand out from the crowd, plus hefty, brushed metal watches featuring a vibrant backing made of recycled skateboards -- all in all, a striking contrast. There's even one watch that comes with a smart little knife.
For the gals, there's some fashionable-looking wrist wear.
The wall clock is pretty impressive -- you're looking at ten reused skateboards.
A great find for skateboard lovers and fans of unique, handmade recycled gear; check out prices and more over at Second Shot.