Skateboarders are constantly breaking their boards. We have accumulated a few over the years. I began cutting out smaller cruiser shapes from the old decks, which cut off the parts that were chipped and worn down. Skateboard decks are made by gluing multiple layers of wood together, usually of different colors which has a unique appearance. The first project with the deck scrapes was just a basic keychain. The keychains were appealing to skateboarders, but a friend suggested adding something to make it more appealing to a broader audience and thus the bottle opener was born. It was rather crude at first, just a skateboard bolt sticking out of the bottom, but a proof of concept was needed. The concept worked, but it was not practical since the bolt could get snagged on things, such as your pocket. The shape of the keychain is a direct result of this lengthy experimentation.
All of the keychain bottle openers are hand cut (with a bandsaw), and sanded. In the spirit of re-using and recycling, we use the grip tape from the broken boards to sand the keychains. The bottle openers then receive a protective clear coat to bring out the awesome colors in each layer.
Each one is made by hand, so there are slight differences and variances that make each one unique and totally awesome. They are great for opening bottles too.
- dimensions are 3" x 1"
- colors and markings will vary