[fblike style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”] The last 2 months we’ve been working on a fun project. Early november we received an email from Glamcult Magazine asking us if we were interested in working with G-Star on a denim inspired version of one of our iconic products. For us it was obvious to use our Bink Cruiser as a starting point. It is handmade and really emphasises what Dufarge is about: making quality stuff with our friends. We’ve met at the G-Star atelier to discuss options and possibilities and from the start we were interested in trying to make a denim based board.
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G-Star came up with an interesting material called Micarta, a canvas composite in a thermosetting plastic. G-Star had made a denim version of this in the past and it seemed like a nice material to shape a board out of. Unfortunately it wasn’t available and extremely expensive to make. We tried various other materials but none felt like a good fit for a G-Star inspired denim board. When discussing options we had a chat about how surfboards were made and we had a ‘epiphany’. What if we made our own Micarta. We ordered a large roll of denim, bought a bucket of epoxy and we were on our way!
The layered denim/epoxy outcome was really strong and felt like a proper DIY micarta experiment. We did a few different versions but the full denim one was the one we like the most. After a lot of discussing we decided to keep graphics to a minimum to keep all focus on the material. We also had the trucks dipped in a copper bath and water to give it an oxidised look, just like the rivets on jeans. The few graphics we did use were designed together with our teamrider Stefan whom we involved for the accompanying jacket as well.
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Just in time for the opening we dropped of finished board and jacket and felt mighty proud when we walked into the exhibition and saw the amount of attention the board and jacket got. Time for drinks!