I know we’re biased, but we think SkateBacks
are pretty darn cool. We love the colors, the feel, the look, and the
sustainability factor of using recycled SkateBoard materials! We partner
with skateboard jewelry maker MapleXO
to get our paws on this awesome material, and it’s pretty exciting to
take stuff designated as waste and make something cool and useful.
We wanted to showcase some photos of the process of making our SkateBacks. This product of ours starts off as waste material at Paul Schmitt’s skateboard manufacturing shop, PS Stix. Lindsay, owner and founder of MapleXO, is an expert at slicing, dicing, and matching up the material to create strong, beautiful colorscapes.
Once the material comes to us at the Grove workshop, it’s time to use our high-tech machines to cut out the shape of each individual SkateBack and to add the perfectly aligned holes for the camera. After that, we apply the adhesive by hand, sand each piece by hand, and carefully rub an oil-based finish on each SkateBack to bring out the best in the material.
Our laser completes the final steps on each SkateBack, adding our tiny Grove + MapleXO logo at the bottom - two names carved together like it’s true love. Grove and MapleXO sitting in a tree...
SkateBacks are available in three color types from our website!
by Mary Yajko. She is a Grove customer support rep and crazed blogger
originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds,
uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with