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Sk8Shades

Wooden Sunglasses from used skateboards and exotic wood

175 Sales

Sk8Shades

Wooden Sunglasses from used skateboards and exotic wood

175 Sales On Etsy since 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars
(21)

Announcement   sk8shades are made from used skateboards that have rolled in pools, ridden
inner cities and bombed down daunting hills. All the stories, travels and
good times are etched into the wood and that¹s what makes them super
special. In my approach to the construction of your sk8shades I used a cross
layer in the core for added strength and I cut the temple arms from the nose
and tail of the skateboards. The temples are available in clean and dirty
cuts. The dirty cut comes from the bottom of the board and shows all the
signs of the boards previous life, clean cuts bring fresh wood to the
surface for a cleaner look. Dirty frames are now available.

Lenses are Polarized, UV400 protected, scratch resistant, shock absorbent and optically correct. Spring hinges are standard as of May 2013.

Hardwood frames available in African Blackwood, Zebrano, Bird's Eye Maple, Wild Olive, Panga Panga, Candlewood, Sneeze Wood and more.

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Announcement

sk8shades are made from used skateboards that have rolled in pools, ridden
inner cities and bombed down daunting hills. All the stories, travels and
good times are etched into the wood and that¹s what makes them super
special. In my approach to the construction of your sk8shades I used a cross
layer in the core for added strength and I cut the temple arms from the nose
and tail of the skateboards. The temples are available in clean and dirty
cuts. The dirty cut comes from the bottom of the board and shows all the
signs of the boards previous life, clean cuts bring fresh wood to the
surface for a cleaner look. Dirty frames are now available.

Lenses are Polarized, UV400 protected, scratch resistant, shock absorbent and optically correct. Spring hinges are standard as of May 2013.

Hardwood frames available in African Blackwood, Zebrano, Bird's Eye Maple, Wild Olive, Panga Panga, Candlewood, Sneeze Wood and more.

vimeo.com/m/52797132

Dave de Witt

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Dave de Witt

Reviews

Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(21)
minnierodriguez05

minnierodriguez05 on Apr 12, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

I liked it...just wish it was a little larger!

Karen Monteblanco

Karen Monteblanco on Feb 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Imadethisforthemask

Imadethisforthemask on Jul 12, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Pictures do not do these justice. Definitely getting a second pair soon. Great communication, fast shipping, awesome job

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About

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Although I obviously didn't invent wooden framed sunglasses, nor sunglasses made from skateboards, there are a few other manufacturer's, it was necessity that led me to make my first pair of shades and from there develop my own procedure for producing quality wooden frames. As a self-taught woodworker I have built a lot of things, from skateboarding bowls and half-pipes to floating wall units and picture frames. When my frames broke I decided it was time for me to make my own. My "Shop" is in the front half of my parents single garage, it is a bit cramped, but there is plenty of space to make sunglasses, making bigger things becomes an issue.

A quick break down of the procedure for making Sk8shades goes like this:

Old boards have their griptape removed then they are ripped, cross-cut, planed, cross-cut again, laminated, cured, cut into veneers, cross-laminated, cured again, shaped, edged, grooved, hardware attached, sanded, assembled, tested, adjusted, disassembled, sealed, smoothed, polished, assembled and packaged.

The finished result makes it all worth it in my mind.

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Shop members

  • Dave De Witt

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Former Loom Tuner, Flowrider instructor, Skate park Manager, Cruise Ship employee, ramp builder and cabinet maker. Skateboarder since '87. Most things I make come from necessity, Sk8Shades started when my frame broke and I couldn't afford a new pair.

  • Dane Strike

    Assistant

    Former Chef, roof fitter and lab technician with 4 years experience fitting prescription lenses.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 9, 2015
Welcome to Sk8 Shades.

Sk8shades are made from used skateboards that have rolled in pools, ridden
inner cities and bombed down daunting hills. All the stories, travels and
good times are etched into the wood and that¹s what makes them super
special. In my approach to the construction of your sk8shades I used a cross
layer in the core for added strength and I cut the temple arms from the nose
and tail of the skateboards. The temples are available in clean and dirty
cuts. The dirty cut comes from the bottom of the board and shows all the
signs of the boards previous life, clean cuts bring fresh wood to the
surface for a cleaner look.

Lenses are Polarized, UV400 protected, scratch resistant, shock absorbent and optically correct. Spring hinges are standard as of May 2013.

No sk8shades are alike! So take care of your one-of-a-kinds. Don¹t sit,
stand or pass out on them, Don¹t use them as chop sticks, for hunting deer
in the woods, or for scuba diving. Don¹t loan them to shady characters and
never ever leave them at the bar.

Please check out the styles and colours available. Limited pairs of shades in each colour.

Handmade in Durban, South Africa.

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
Each pair of skate shades is Hand Made to order, once payment is made, in full, please allow 30 days to allow for production and delivery times. However we will try to get them to you as soon as possible.
Shipping
Sk8shades and all other products are sent with the South African Postal Service with a tracking number and insurance where possible.

Insurance is not available to: Italy, Germany, Japan, South Korea and some other countries. If you would like to be sure, please let me know which country you are in and we will check with the post office.
Refunds and Exchanges
As of 1st February 2013:

Once you receive your shades please make sure everything is to your satisfaction. If you wish to return your shades, please do so within 7 days after receiving. You will be refunded once we receive them back undamaged.
No refunds on shipping and you will be responsible for shipping them back.

In the case of non-delivery:

No refunds will be given for uninsured parcels, please inquire whether it is possible to insure to your country.

If an insured parcel is undelivered, an inquiry form will be submitted to SAPO (South African Post Office) to try find out what happened to the parcel. Once the inquiry process is complete, your order will be refunded or sent again.
Additional policies and FAQs
Lenses are Polarized, UV400 protected, scratch resistant, shock absorbent and optically correct. Spring hinges are standard as of May 2013. All glues used for laminating are environmentally friendly and the lenses are made from plant and wood cellulose as opposed to petro-chemicals.