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Back Splash

Photograph By Courtesy Art Of Board

How cool would it be to have a backsplash made of decks? California-based company Art of Board make tiles out of broken skateboards. The company is run by a bunch of veteran rippers and their DIY roots are a big part of their success. Art of Board VP Bruce Boul explained how founder Rich Moorhead came up with skateboard tiles, saying, "Rich's nephew was heavily into skating and had a pile of broken decks slated for the trash. Having a carpentry background, Rich asked him to hold off on the trash bin, as he saw something in the worn graphics, scrapes and gashes appearing on every deck." It turns out the pressed maple used in skateboard construction bonded with glue is an ideal material to make tiles for use in commercial and residential interiors.