From skirting boards to skateboards
Making skateboards and surfboards out of quake-damaged houses might sound like a pipe dream, but it’s happening.
Homeowners doing renovation work in Kaiko¯ura are being encouraged to think ‘‘deconstruction not demolition’’ and donate any spare timber to the council’s latest recycling effort.
The plan is for youngsters in Kaiko¯ura to transform the broken bits of wood, whether it be door trims, tongue and groove flooring, sarking or framing, into skate and surfboards over Earthquake Memorial Week in November.
Kaikoura District Council waste minimisation case manager Natalie Absalom said cedar was their first choice, but pine, rimu and oak was also welcome.
The council had teamed up with Kaiko¯ura surfboard builder Aaron Surgenor, as well as Waikato’s Goose Boards, Billabong, Rip Curl, Empire Skate, Ma¯tauranga Menz Shed and local schools for the initiative, Absalom said.
‘‘If a house can’t be a house anymore, let’s turn it into something amazing,’’ she said. ‘‘People need to think deconstruction not demolition. It’s about taking something damaged and destined for the rubbish dump and giving it a second life.
‘‘Right now we’re asking for donations of wood ... The longer the better, but anything will be considered.’’
It was about getting people to think differently about earthquake-damaged homes, Absalom said.
Ryan Thorpe, of Goose Boards, said he and his team would be travelling to Kaiko¯ura for the Earthquake Memorial Week, from November 13 - 19, to teach children how to make their own skateboards from recycled wood.
‘‘People are amazed when they see us turn rubbish into skateboards,’’ Thorpe said. ‘‘This is all about making the best of a bad situation and showing the kids how to be creative and resourceful.’’
Absalom said the idea of running youth workshops came from researching other wastereduction initiatives.
‘‘I came across all these beautiful, practical and artistic uses for bits of demolished buildings,’’ she said. ‘‘Then I thought, if they can do it, so can we.’’
Details about the project, or how to donate wood, can be found on the Kaiko¯ura District Council website.
The Kaikoura District Council has hatched a plan to turn scrap timber into skateboards.