Recycled Skateboard Sunglasses; How it's Done pt.1
From broken skateboard deck to customized sunglasses, this is how we transform that old wood into new gold.
It all starts with that old, destroyed skateboard deck. To be able to utilize the 7 ply's of Hardwood Maple, we begin by removing the grip-tape, as seen below. This exposes the natural wood top-side, which will become the inside of every pair of EQO sunglasses.
With the board free of grip, the tail & nose sections are chopped off & prepared. These will later become the arms of the sunglasses.
From the middle section of the skateboard comes the sunglasses frames. With the help of a laser engraver, the arms & frames are branded & scored. They are now ready to be hand-cut, shaped, & finished.
Using a bandsaw, the arms and frames are cut to a rough shape. The natural shape of the skateboard tail/nose provides the perfect curve for our sunglasses arms.
Our unique process allows us to craft six pair of sunglasses per skateboard, depending on the skateboard condition. This keeps our waste to a minimum!
Hand-sanding, using various sanding tools, is next in order. Belt sanders, dremmel tools, routers, and hand-finishing sanders allow us to precisely finish each pair.
Stay tuned for part 2, detailing the final finishing, lens/hinge creation, assembly & final packaging....