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Flo Baraban, 7PLIS creator
Interview

Founders Interview: Florent Baraban of 7PLIS

How did 7Plis start?
First, I’m a passionate skater and an optician for a living, and 7PLIS started when I created my first tie clip and cufflink (2012) with recycled skateboards to wear at my job! So then I had the idea to make glasses, given my professional experience in optics.

Why skateboards?
Skateboards are colorful, easy to find and free. Each board is unique and the curves are perfect for eyewear.

How does your background in optometry help with what you’re doing now?
My background in optometry is very useful in terms of ergonomics and for all the measurements. Furthermore, optometric knowledge allows me to adapt a visual correction on all the 7PLIS frames.

7PLIS processHow long does it take to make a pair of glasses? What is the process?
It takes about 2 days to make a pair with a case and a little recycled glasses keychain (same board, same shape). First, I take off the grip of the board. Next, after having cut the face and the 2 arms, I refine them with various tools for about 3 hours.

They must then be oiled in 5 different baths in order to saturate the wood moisture and ensure their durability. Unlike varnish, this technique allows the wood to retain its natural feel. Also, because the material is alive, it can continue to evolve on the face of the wearer, unlike a varnish which will freeze the wood evolution!

Do you use every part of the board, or do you end up with some scrap wood?
Scrap wood allows me to create rings, cufflinks, tie clips, USB keys, earrings, camera shutter buttons, keychains, watches, etc… All the wood that isn’t used is recycled into paper to make my labels. So I think there is only about 5% woodfall which can be reduced to make paper, so I use it all!

How many different products can you make out of one board?
With one board I can make about 6 glasses, 2 watches, 10 rings, 10 cufflinks, 10 tie clips, 2 USB keys, and some earrings.. If everything is perfectly in its place, we can make lots of things with only one!

7PLIS

You offer many different recycled skateboard products. Who is your biggest distributor?
My biggest seller is 7PLIS.fr and an optician in the Marais district, Paris, France.

Once the product is complete, is it still connected in any way to the original board?
Yes, you can read the skateboard history on the box of each pair of glasses: the name of the skater, their best tricks, the spot where the board was used most, and the brand! On the back of each watch you can also see the name of the skater.

7PLIS watches

Your products include repurposed boards and bearings. Any ideas to include wheels or trucks in the future?
Yes! Right now there is already a handle with trucks and a card holder with wheels in my workshop, maybe some other ideas in the future!

What are your feelings about recycling/repurposing things in general?
I think that in general it’s a very good thing to recycle for the future of our planet. However, I often feel that recycling is done badly. That’s why the bottom line of my thinking is to prove that recycling can be premium and very well finished.

What is your biggest piece of advice for readers who want to start a brand/company?
Know what you bring different to the table from everyone else, and cultivate it!

7PLIS sunglasses

Last but not least, could you give us some info about yourself: Where are you from? Where do you live? When and how did you start skateboarding?
I’m a passionate French guy, 30 years old. I started skateboarding at 12 at a small village skatepark and in Nancy city (France) and never stopped. I also love snowboarding and I work at night in my little workshop at the bottom of my small family home garage. I worked as an optician for 3 years before embarking on the 7P adventure! Now I’ve lived in Seichamps, France (North East) for 7 years and when I was young I lived in French Guiana and Lebanon.

This interview was originally featured in the printed KrakMag issue 19 that shipped with the 3 Years KrakBox. Want to get your hands on a copy of the next printed KrakMag? Want to receive epic skateboarding product every two months? Check out the KrakBox now!

SKRAP Sunglasses
Interview

Founder’s Interview: SKRAP’s Chris Anderson

The following interview was originally featured in the printed KrakMag issue 14 that shipped with the July 2017 KrakBox. Want to get your hands on a copy of the next printed KrakMag? Want to receive epic skateboarding product every two months? Check out the KrakBox now!

Could you introduce yourself briefly?
Sure thing, my name’s Chris Anderson and I’m the owner of SKRAP. I live in Ottawa Ontario Canada with my wife and 4 year old daughter. Love to be in nature, camping on a river and paddling white water rapids in the summer or having some fun skiing and snowboarding in our Canadian winters!

What is Skrap? How was it born? I heard this deck recycling thing came up during a trip with your wife in beautiful Nova Scotia; tell us more about it!
This all started when I was on a little vacation years ago, found a great little skate shop that was selling rings made from recycled skateboards. I thought this was such a cool idea from an artist perspective as well as environmentally. I love the idea of reusing something that would otherwise end up in a landfill. So when I got home I decided to see if I could make one, and I did. At the time I was a front-end web developer and an idea to build an online marketplace specifically for artist creating their work from recycled skateboards became all I could think about and I started trying to build one. In the end it proved to be way too much work for just me around all the rest of the things in life, but what came out of it was a lot of notice and I was introduced to a few very important people including Kevin Harris from Ultimate Distribution and Bones Brigade. After many discussion with Kevin along with many other very helpful folks I was persuaded to see if instead of a marketplace could we come up with a recycled skateboard brand that could see top quality products to a large North American market. This is where SKRAP was born! We spent the next couple years sourcing broken/recycled skateboard decks in volume and creating the best products that we could all created here in North America!

SKRAP wallet

Who else works on Skrap?
I have a great team here in Ottawa!

Where do you collect the damaged boards from?
We create products out of skateboards as well as snowboards and have partnered with local skate shops, distribution companies, ski hills (like Banff, Fernie etc.) and manufacturers across the US and Canada.

What products do you make today?
Our top selling products are our skateboard sunglasses and our snowboard wallets! We also make coasters, keychains, bottle openers, cufflinks, belts, rings and earrings! We also have an amazingly exciting new product coming in August but I can’t reveal it just yet, so stay tuned!

What’s the process?
Collecting the material (skateboards and snowboards) is a large part of the process, the next step is to degrip the skateboards. After that we have a CNC machine as well as laser engraving machines to cut and brand our products. The biggest step to finishing any of our products is the sanding! There’s just no way around it, there is a tonne of sanding 🙂

Could you share a picture of what your workshop looks like? We’re damn curious!

SKRAP workshop

What’s the craziest creation you’ve made out of a skateboard?
Again, coming in August but I can’t reveal it just yet, so stay tuned! 🙂

That coffee table was insanely cool! Was it yours?
No, amazing though isn’t it! This was created by another great Canadian shop called adrianmartinus, check them out on Instagram.

What has been your biggest challenge since you started?
Our goal was always a lofty one. We wanted to build a brand that could be sold around the world but always staying true to the original goal of using 100% recycled/used or broken skateboards and snowboards. This is a huge challenge, but so rewarding. Of course it would be much easier to have products created overseas that might claim ‘reclaimed’ but in reality they are just taking good skateboard veneer or boards off the line and turning them straight into a new product. So long story short, our biggest challenge is creating strong relationships with great people and businesses that will help build our recycle program with their old boards.

The most exciting moment/The proud moment?
Every time you create something new! Every piece is unique and that makes it a constant joy.

What are the things you enjoy most in life?
Being with my family in the bush. Just finding time to get into the woods and get away from everything is so important for me.

What are your ambitions for SKRAP?
We hope to keep building our recycle programs and perfecting our line of products as we grow.

What can we wish you?
Fun it the sun this summer! 😉

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