How handcrafted wooden paddle boards are made from recycled materials

Tony Smith is the creator of Jarvis Boards, handcrafted stand-up wood paddle boards. and surfboards made from recycled materials.
His boards last 3x longer than a typical board.
A Jarvis paddle boards can go for as high as $2300.
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The following is a transcript of the video.

Joe Avella: Jarvis paddleboards can cost up to $4,500. Unlike conventional-made paddleboards, these are handcrafted and made from sustainable materials. Jarvis uses almost no plastics in its boards, which drastically cuts down on nonbiodegradable waste. So, how does creator Tony Smith craft such durable, eco-friendly paddleboards?

Tony Smith: One of the big differentiators is the fact that we handcraft each and every board that we make right here in Austin, Texas.

Tony Smith: Using wood for boards is about as old as surfing itself. The original surfboards were all made of wood. Popular boards you see today are mostly fiberglass and foam. By using a hollow wood core instead of foam, Jarvis is able to eliminate almost 150 liters of foam that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Tony Smith: Obviously, we use a lot of different woods, ranging from cedar, maple, cherry, and a few other woods. The wood sort of minimizes the environmental impacts because we don’t have to use as much fiberglass and epoxies and some of those things that are harmful to the environment. So by using wood, it’s not just cosmetic; it’s also structural in nature as well and makes for a little bit greener product and we think a bit of a cooler-looking product. The tricky part of all this is, like, one, figuring out the machine that could cut these pieces of wood out, and then, two, programming the machine. And so that machine was actually purchased from parts, and I assembled it to the custom-sized specs. Those wood components then are all glued and assembled together to make sort of the rigid, rough outline and structure of the board. Once that’s done, those wood pieces are sort of sanded and shaped down to the final shape of the board that you wanna build and have. Once you have that final shape, the board is laminated and covered in a layer of epoxy resin that keeps it waterproof and protects water from, you know, damaging the wood itself.

Joe Avella: Finally, slots are added for the removable fins.

Tony Smith: Yeah, so, people see our boards and they think, “Wow, that’s so pretty, I’m afraid to use it, I’d be afraid to damage it.” But in terms of durability, think of it as epoxy over hardwood floors versus epoxy over a Styrofoam cooler, and that’s kind of the difference between our wooden boards and a plastic board that you may see on the shelf. So, yes, it looks pretty, it’s possible to scratch it, but in reality it’s a very durable product.

Joe Avella: He also adds custom designs into the wood of the board.

Tony Smith: So, it’s a bunch of, I don’t know how many, probably …read more

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