We at FLINT Design Studio were intrigued by the idea of creating a product that combined a specific material with a manufacturing process that would not coincide; in fact, would not be possible. The selected material would be maple, and the process would be injection molding.
Maple is a hardwood often crafted and shaped to reveal its natural grain, warm character, and beauty. It cannot be molded or melted down, forced through an extrusion, or cast. It must be cut, carved, machined, or sanded.
Injection molding is the process of heating a material until molten, and by applying immense pressure, forcing that material into all the spaces and crevices of a steel mold. These parts are usually plastic, light weight, ribbed to add strength, and marked with remnants of the small ports through which the molten material flowed.
The Grain Skateboard is made of maple hardwood, and has been CNC milled to create its form. It has been designed to mimic the manufactured aesthetic of an injection molded part. The combining of these two disparate elements offers an intriguing juxtaposition of material and process, natural and synthetic, expected and unexpected.