Stoked to score a little feature in global GQ MAGAZINE's print issues for summer! An absolute honour to be featured in the most widely distributed Men's magazine in the world. Worthy Skateboards eco sleds get a little write up in their 'Great Outdoors' collage of luxury outdoor equipment!! Yewwwwwwww!!! Featuring Casey Affleck on the cover, the Great Outdoors segment can be found inside the GQ UK edition of the mags in May/June & July. Frothing!!
🌏 EARTH DAY 🌏 This year we have teamed up with the earth-friendly legends at @ethicalindex to celebrate people doing good things, for each other, and for our planet ♻
To say thanks to you all for being ethically aware and environmentally conscious peeps we bring you a most radical giveaway!
This handmade recycled Spotted Gum mini cruiser will be shipping out to one lucky ethical human 🙏 to celebrate planet Earth 🤘
HOW TO ENTER: Look for this post on the @ethicalindex page and follow the instructions to enter! Easy as that 👌
Good luck amigos! Yewwwwww
Rockin the Worthy 100% recycled textile tee in black melange on a recent trip to Adelaide.
Made from 100% recycled textiles and salvaged plastic. Environmentally friendly dyes and organic cotton :)
Available now in the shop - S/M/L/XL for $39.95
Check out this little Worthy sled featured in PEPPERMINT MAGAZINE's Do-Good Dads feature. Yew!!! Cheers dudes
"Where would we be without our dads? They’re our cheerleaders, our teachers and our number one fans, but when it comes to buying them an ethical – and meaningful – gift for Father’s Day, it can be hard to know where to look. We put our heads together to come up with a few great eco options for do-good dads…"
9) Worthy skateboards The Original, $194 (from Down That Little Lane) – handmade in Queensland from recycled materials (featured on page 17 of our Spring Issue 23).
They featured this little dude - he was a 1970's inspired Hotdog model shaped from recycled Oregon pine shelving that has long since found a new home with a happy skater somewhere :)
Getting recognised by other Aussie businesses like this that helped me big time in getting my stuff out there in the early days, and still does. Very much appreciated thanks guys ! Yeww
Worthy Skateboards: Flip tricks with a conscience
BRIONY WALKERJULY 21, 2014
When we think of skateboarders, our go-to assumption isn’t exactly hippy treehuggers. But how wrong we are! Worthy Skateboards are a thoughtful Aussie company who make environmentally conscious skateboards (starting at $160), handmade from eco-salvaged and recycled wood.
To create their range of skateboards, they choose not to support deforestation, and instead go to great lengths to source only rare eco-salvaged Australian hardwood timbers. And their boards are really beautiful, made from Queensland Maple and Red Carabeen solid timber. No superhero graphic or plywood to be seen!
Worthy Skateboards made by hand and of the highest quality: premium three inch powder coated trucks, stainless steel and galvanised hardware and top finished with clear beach sand grip. Their range features old-school outlines, inspired by skateboards from the 1960s and 1970s. Their shortboards, cruisers and longboards are designed to recreate the look and feel of skateboarding when it first began.
Definitely not the cheapest skateboards you can get, but rejecting mass-manufacturing comes at a price. They make the perfect gift for environmentally conscious Z-Boys and Betties who know their flip tricks from their slides and grinds.
Available from Worthy Skateboards.
- See more at: http://mumsgrapevine.com.au/2014/07/worthy-skateboards/#sthash.LwiprcDF.dpuf
A little while back the crew from Totally Wild TV dropped by Worthy's northern NSW workshop to film a segment for their show!
I took presenter Alex through what's involved in making an eco-salvaged board from scratch, and got a little help from him a long the way :)
The story came out great! Watch it here:
It was a fun day filming a segment for the show with presenter Alex getting the low down on hand shaping skateboards and how we go about salvaging eco timbers to make our boards. Plenty of laughs and good times and overall was an awesome day! Keep your eyes peeled for some Worthy action on channel 11 early on in 2016! Yewwww
Worthy Skateboards sat down for a little interview recently with BLANK Magazine Gold Coast! BLANK covers absolutely everything happening on the coast related to art, music, the environment and youth culture. I was stoked to have been involved! Have a read of the interview with Sam from the mag below or link to the BLANK website here . Yewwww!
Tyler Bignell has a biomedical science degree and was going to sit the Gamsat to study medicine and become a doctor, but he chose naturopathy instead, which is what he does four days a week. But it’s what he does in the other days of the week that piqued our interest.
Tyler makes skateboards from reclaimed and eco-salvaged timber. Like many GC creatives, he says it’s something that started out as a rainy day kind of hobby.
“I used to live in Brisbane with mates, we had an old house and we were all surfers,” he told me. “We decided to have a go shaping surfboards. They were pretty ordinary, but we decided to call them Worthy Surfboards.”
From there he moved to the Gold Coast and made a few more surfboards, which he insists “weren’t really very good” before exploring skateboards instead. “My brother in law is a cabinet maker and has a woodworking shop in Bundall and he was throwing away bits of timber. I started to muck around making timber skateboards and riding them around here. It’s basically just built on that.”
He said he’s had a good response from people who really click with the concept and that while he’s had opportunities to grow, he’s hesitant.
“It’s still a hobby,” he said. “And that’s how I kind of like it. I really like being a naturopath and I studied so long to do that – I feel like I owe it to myself to put brainpower into that and give it a proper go.”
About half of Tyler’s skateboards are made from reclaimed timber, with the other half coming from eco-salvaged sources; from things like logs or trees blown down in cyclones or washed away in floods.
“I’ve been like that for a long time, wanting to reuse things and I like second hand things – everything has a lifespan beyond what it’s been used for. You can always salvage things, especially timber. There’s a real satisfaction using an old piece of timber from a salvage yard: you spend hours planning it and sanding it and you’d never know that it’s reclaimed.”
I ask Tyler whether he did woodwork at school or was self-taught when it comes to his craft, and he said it’s the latter, but with some inspiration and guidance.
“My dad did do timber work – he loved making furniture – but I never had an interest in it at that age,” he said, and then added that he always loved the things that his made. So is his dad extra proud, then? That his son came good and picked up the tools?
“He’s actually really stoked,” Tyler told me. “When I first started making boards, I didn’t show him any for a long time. In the first couple of years – I’m such a perfectionist I wasn’t happy with how they turned out.”
“These ones in Trav’s shop,” he said, pointing to Board Culture Surf Shop where we met for coffee, “they’ve been here for six months and I think the ones I’m making now are even better than these ones.”
“But I think the real solid timber skills I’ve learned from my brother in law. I just watched him do a lot with salvaged timber and he gives me a lot of tips and pointers.”
Tyler’s boards are stocked at Board Culture on the GC Highway at Mermaid as well as at Apparel Collective in Palm Beach. He also stocks a surf shop in Fremantle called Three Stories. And of course, like all modern-day craftsmen, he has a website too.
On average, Tyler sells one board a week. “One week I’ll have a coffee and be pumped up and make four boards in a day and the next week I’ll get smashed at work and can’t lift a finger and nothing gets done for the next two weeks. Other days I’ll get dressed for work and then duck out to the garage and be spraying coats of varnish on the boards. I think I’m a bit happy to just do it when I feel motivated,” he said.
I asked Tyler how we went about having his boards stocked at Board Culture and other places, and he said he was reluctant to even ask them for a long time because he didn’t think they were good enough.
“I wasn’t proud enough of them to take them to a shop,” he said. “And deadset, I brought one in and Trav said “mate, how many have you got, how many can you bring in?”
He says Apparel Collective in Palm Beach are similar to Board Culture in that they stock local photography and clothing, locally shaped surfboards as well as cottage skateboards. When Tyler met them for the first time, their response was the same. While Tyler didn’t think his boards were worthy, it seems these independent retailers did.
So what’s next for Worthy Skateboards? We say, keep your eyes peeled for all things Worthy.
A little while back Worthy built a custom sled for Live It Do It! headquarters in the northern beaches of Sydney. Blogger and creator Cass sent back some great photos of her and the fam out rolling around on their new board in the sunshine. So good! Cheers Cass. Have a read below of her blog post about Worthy and a smile at the pics below :)
LIVE IT DO IT- Fun in the sun on a Worthy Skateboard
I've always wanted to learn to skateboard; not do tricks or anything, just cruise on a long board, big turns, a little hill, just gliding along... Being a mum of 2; its not easy to get out and do such a thing but you can imagine how my heart skipped a beat when I saw these beauties by Worthy Skateboards for the very first time. Handcrafted 1960's inspired masterpieces made with eco salvaged recycled rare Australian hardwood timber with bright funky wheels; IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SITE!
And let me tell you; its fun! When our Worthy longboard arrived; we cracked it opened and the babies have fought over it ever since, its been scooting around the lounge room (literally), down to the park and if it cannot be seen, I am asked where the skateboard has gone. It is an absolute winner and a joy to ride. Still a little unsteady on my feet; I'm getting the hang of it around the park and Mr live it do it is killing it.
Worthy skateboards was created and owned by practising naturopath and lover of skateboarding; Tyler Bignell. Tyler really enjoys making skateboards and Aussie hardwood timbers are pretty hard to beat in terms of their beauty. All Worthy boards are hand-shaped from eco-salvaged Aussie hardwoods - mostly from Qld - meaning that they have not been logged or felled, but salvaged after coming down naturally in storms/floods/cyclones/erosion etc... AMAZING!