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FUNKINFUNCTION: Daniel Moyer's Scrap-Wood Skateboards

by , 05/12/07

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Past a certain age, skateboards become less and less commonplace, and are not usually found at furniture fairs. But Daniel Moyer’s, unique FunkinFunction skateboard is truly a board worth highlighting- for its green qualities, and for the daredevil/kid in you. Made from scrap trimmings from the fabrication of hardwood furniture at his studio, the FunkinFunction is a green alternative to the standard longboard skateboards and will be shown at this year’s BKLYN Designs.

Daniel Moyer is a designer and fabricator of hardwood furniture, including chairs, tables and storage pieces, with the excess wood from the fabrication of these pieces laminated and used to create the FunkinFunction. As Moyer says, “Making skateboards from the scrap is even greener, and using other makers’ scrap is the greenest. Longboard skateboarding as a transportation alternative is just plain groovy.” Check out the interview, and if you are around Brooklyn make sure to head out for the show this weekend. And if you are not (such as I), keep checking back on Inhabitat for more coverage on the BKLYN Designs show.

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16 Comments

  1. pdeebs January 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    i love this idea, and i think it is the future for skateboarding. We need to educate the younger generations about the importance of sustainability. I live in Boston and would love to see a green board riding company to establish themselves on the east coast. This is just a start, I’ll be interested to see where this market is in ten years from now.

  2. kt October 28, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    seems to me it is green because it is scrap and it is not cheap because it is art. best of both and all that. i dig it.

    i agree that sustainable and green need to be cheap to attract the consumer — BUT the flip side is we need to realize that cheap usually reeks havoc on the environment. (e.g. walmart much?) .

    the art is icing. i am grateful for the opportunity when we can have both form and function. is that not what this board screams????

    ps. who is that fabulously cute kid in the advert?

  3. David in Bali May 16, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for the clarification Joey. And no, I was not implying that laminated vs edge glued is a structural concern as both have to be done properly to withstand heavy use. In fact a glued joint is often a stronger bond than the natural bond of the wood fibers.

  4. nosa May 14, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    I can only say, WOW, what a nice looking board. You would think Cali would have stuff like that. We do, but not with such classic style. I like it. Those will catch on. Get one early….but only if you can ride it. No kooks.

  5. Hun Boon May 14, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    $495 for a skate board, simply because it’s eco-friendly?

    We’ve made bamboo skateboards before (not any more as it’s too heavy). Same eco-friendly concept, different material. And it is nowhere as expensive as that.

    I strongly object to charging exorbitant prices simply because it’s eco-friendly. If we were to encourage more consumers to make a green decision, then the products should be priced fairly.

  6. brusurfing May 14, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    get out of here. no matter the board, the rider is reason it rips. those things can handle some serious riding. be sure that ride will eat the rockies alive, and what a deck. those solid hardwoods are a dream ride. ill get the gravy.

  7. joey May 14, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Betty (and David), The wood is the by product of the furniture business, and is already “green” in that it is locally harvested, air (not kiln) dried, and some of it is recycled in the first place.

    No product that falls apart is a good product. If you read any of the other articles about Daniel and his boards you would know that he rides his own board to work in his Williamsburg shop every day. I think that is enough of a “test drive” to know that the vertical lamination (edge gluing) will stand up to use and abuse.

  8. betty May 14, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    jill – i think david is referring to the fact that an edge glued skateboard will fall apart much faster than a horizontally laminated (traditional) skateboard. if they don’t last, they aren’t sustainable, no matter what they are made of.

  9. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill May 13, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Hi David-

    If you read the post – or even the title of the post – you would sde that they are made from recycled scrap wood.

    -Jill

  10. David in Bali May 13, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    These are nice longboards (and I ride), but what’s so green about’m? Uless the wood is the by product of a sustainable process, what’s the boast? And they are edge glued, not laminated!

  11. The Revolution Corporation May 13, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    crazy beautiful & a reminder that *hand-made* items are really more *art* than just a product. $495 seems like a lot for a skate board (it IS a lot for a skate board…), but i’m sure Daniel has quite a few hours in each of these creations. damn nice functional art ! awesome to see someone making a living doing what they love, as well.

  12. jebudas May 13, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    I want to surf on one of those things!

  13. kt May 13, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    party on dude. your nephew awaits his new longboard to pitch to the NP market… 100% skateboarder that he is and all that.. (what would jay adams say???)

  14. mick May 13, 2007 at 10:35 am

    the material solution is the radical statement, isnt it?

  15. Cari May 13, 2007 at 10:05 am

    ..and isn’t it time we re-define what a skateboard’s function is? Imagine kids ridiing sustainable boards and knowing it -isn’t this more radical that they’re contributing to sustainability. What’s more rad is a blank canvas for one to create with….

  16. Richie May 13, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Kind of ‘classy’… but is that what a skateboard is supposed to be ? Aren’t they usually more radical, bold, visual statements ?

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