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Popular South African skateboard ramp builder Dave Wit channels his love of skateboards in another interesting medium: sunglasses. Using wood from recycled skateboards, Wit creates unique frames that evoke an organic, hipsteresque flair. Each pair of sunglasses is handcrafted from skateboards whose grip tapes have been removed, ripped into neat strips, and planed flat on either side. The blanks are cross-cut and sorted into different colorways before being sanded and laminated overnight. The blocks are then sliced into veneers +/-1.5mm thick and sanded.
Upon completion, David shapes the lens aperture and the frame into two original templates. David then makes use of the board’s nose and tails to create the curvy temple, while nose pads are cut from the lens aperture. Edges get rounded over with a mini router bit and the groove for the lens is cut. Final sanding is done by hand and then the hinges are flush mounted, glued and riveted into place.
Check out the photos below to see the process behind Sk8 Shades.
Photos by It’s What I’m Into