Shaper of the month-Atelier BYE BYE

Shaper of the month-Atelier BYE BYE

1- Peux-tu te présenter ? Que fais-tu dans la vie ?

Ma passion tient en un mot “Fabriquer des trucs”

Fabriquer des skateboards, et t’apprendre à construire le tien.

Créer des enseignes en bois et en métal. Faire des Tshirts sérigraphiés pour une asso.

Démonter des trucs et des bidules pour les transformer. Imprimer et découper des stickers pour ton groupe de rock, j’aime faire absolument de tout!

J’ai commencé la construction comme décoratrice et accessoiriste pour le cinéma, et je me suis formée en parallèle sur des machines de fabrication numérique.  (découpe laser, impression 3D, CNC…)

Entrepreneuse et « makeuse » en montage de projets hybrides, culturels ou en lien avec l’économie sociale et solidaire. Mon parcours est axé sur la recherche de l’innovation et l’envie d’apprendre à faire sans craindre l’erreur ou la complexité.


2- Quand as-tu commencé et pourquoi ?

Créé en 2016, l’atelier Bye Bye est un atelier de fabrication numérique et artisanal.

Ses activités principales : fabrication de skateboards, découpe et gravure laser pour la signalétique et sérigraphie.

Le projet a débuté à l’Ile d’Yeu, puis est devenu mobile en organisant des stages de fabrication de skateboards à Nantes et à Paris.

J’ai commencé à fabriquer des skateboards sur mesure à la demande de certains de mes clients, et finalement, je me suis aperçue que beaucoup souhaitaient pouvoir fabriquer leur propre planche.

3- Explique-nous ton concept en quelques mots ?

L’atelier Bye Bye organise des stages de fabrication numérique : découpe laser, impression 3D, découpe vinyle, électronique et des ateliers d’initiations aux techniques artisanales : menuiserie, sérigraphie, métal…

En parallèle, je vends quelques modèles sur ma boutique en ligne et dans mon atelier à Nantes. J’aborde la fabrication de skateboards en misant sur la qualité et la longévité. L’accent est mis sur le choix des matériaux et sur la durabilité.

En chêne, en noyer, en bambou, en érable, elles ont chacune un petit quelque chose qui les rend uniques.

Je suis en train de développer une série de cruiser garantis à vie, en prenant en compte que le bois est une matière vivante.

Au lieu de le vernir, ce qui bloque la respiration de la matière, on peut aussi l’entretenir, comme on le ferait pour un beau meuble d’ébéniste qui se patine avec le temps. Je teste le processus d’entretien en ce moment, avant de mettre cette série en vente courant 2021.

4- Comment as-tu appris tout ce que tu enseignes ?

Je suis autodidacte dans toutes les techniques qui font aujourd’hui mon métier, j’ai plaisir à partager mes connaissances et permettre à chacun de fabriquer par soi-même à peu près tout et n’importe quoi.

Mon précédent métier dans le décor et la construction pour le cinéma m’a beaucoup appris dans toutes les techniques que j’utilise aujourd’hui.

Je fais aussi beaucoup d’échange de connaissances avec des amis ou des pros, souvent je leur apprends une autre technique en échange. On fait du troc de connaissances, quoi !

5- Quelle est ta meilleure réalisation ?

Aucune idée, je ne l’ai pas encore réalisée !

Si on parle skateboard, je pense que c’est l’association « skate with refugees » que je suis en train de créer avec des copains skateurs.

On part du principe que le skateboard est un vecteur d’intégration et permet de s’affranchir de la barrière culturelle. L’idée est de leur changer les idées en leur apprenant une technique pour la plupart inconnue et de leur permettre de rencontrer d’autres enfants qui partagent cette passion. Créer du lien entre eux, une amitié forte entre les jeunes sur la base d’un sport porteur de sens et de fraternité.

6- Comment Roarockit t’aide à la réalisation de tes projets ?

La technique Roarockit m’a permis de devenir mobile et de proposer des stages en dehors de mon atelier. La facilité de construction et la légèreté du matériel permettent de se déplacer facilement d’un lieu à l’autre pour proposer des ateliers de construction.

7- Quels sont tes projets futurs ?

En 2020, l’atelier déménage dans un lieu aussi improbable qu’atypique : une péniche en plein centre-ville de Nantes.

L’atelier sera partagé avec différents acteurs œuvrant autour des low-techs et de la fabrication avec la volonté de faire de la péniche un lieu de recherche et d’expérimentation.

LIEU COLLABORATIF

Espace de coworking et atelier partagé de fabrication numérique et artisanale axé sur les low-techs et la fabrication locale. Dans le jargon, on appelle ça “makerspace”

LIEU APPRENANT

L’atelier Bye Bye organise des stages de fabrication : skateboard, découpe laser, impression 3D, découpe vinyle, électronique et initiation aux techniques artisanales : menuiserie, sérigraphie, métal.

LIEU CULTUREL

L’atelier ouvre ses portes aux artisans locaux pour des expositions et des workshops, aux artistes pour des spectacles et des concerts à bord de la péniche le Sémaphore.

L’objectif ? Réfléchir et expérimenter sur notre façon de consommer, travailler, fabriquer, nous déplacer, nous cultiver dans le monde de demain.

8- Comment fait-on si on veut réserver un atelier ?

Vous pouvez directement cliquer sur les liens des photos pour y accéder.

Les ateliers peuvent être réservés sur mon site : www.atelierbyebye.fr et sur la plateforme We Can Doo : www.wecandoo.fr

9- Où pouvons-nous te retrouver ?

Site web : www.atelierbyebye.fr

Facebook : www.facebook.com/atelier.byebye

Instagram : www.instagram.com/atelier.byebye/

En vrai : sur la péniche Le Sémaphore, Quai de Malakoff à Nantes

10- Dernier mot de fin ?

J’ai souvent en stage des personnes qui débutent dans la fabrication et ont peur de faire des erreurs, j’aime bien leur répéter cette phrase :

“Souviens-toi que l’arche de Noé a été construite par un amateur et le Titanic par des professionnels.”

Shaper of the month – Matheus Iark

Shaper of the month – Matheus Iark

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of our “Shaper of the month” articles.
It is a pleasure to see and put forward your work!

– We will start with a little presentation of yourself. Where do you come from? How old are you? What is your life goal and what do you do now?

I’m 30 years old from a small town in the south of Brazil but have been living in Germany since 2012. I like skateboards since I can remember and got my first one when I was around 10 years old. It wasn’t really a great setup with it’s plasticky wheels and rubber bushings, but I learned how to comfortably cruise with it. When I was around 13 I got my first real skateboard and started learning some tricks. I was riding regularly for about 2 years, then on and off until 2012 when I moved to Germany. In 2014 I got my first longboard, which I used to cruise around and commute, but also learned a few dance steps. About a year later I bought a proper dancer, then a mini cruiser, then a downhill deck and so on.

By the end of 2015 I built my first deck, I really enjoyed the building process and the feeling of riding a self-made board, so I started looking more into it and found out about Roarockit.

Shortly after I got a TAP kit, better tools and built a couple more decks, which were not perfect, but already much better than the first one. Now my main project is a downhill deck for myself and the crew I’m part of (we are Draft Train Media on Instagram and Youtube). I also have my personal Youtube channel with some skate videos, where I also plan to post the production process of my next decks.

I have the dream to make deck building (and woodworking in general) a way of living, but there’s still a very long way until I get to a level of product quality and design that is commercially viable, so for now I keep it as a hobby, improving on every deck I make.

– Have  you recently started woodworking?

Yes and no. In my childhood and teenage years I helped my dad build some simple stuff out of wood, like a small house for our dog, and with some friends a small ramp and a grinding box for street skating. The first deck I built was with hardware store plywood and a heavily improvised press with whatever heavy stuff I could find to bend it. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s still very rideable.

– What is your relationship with Canadian Maple veneer? Why is it so special to you?

It’s actually a love-hate relationship. It’s a fantastic material to work with, I can bend it relatively easily and the deck I’ve built with it feels very solid. Problem is, it’s a difficult material to find where I live and a bit more expensive than I would like, so that still holds me back. Right now my plan is to use cheaper hardware store plywood for prototyping then when I achieve the results I’m satisfied with, get a batch of Canadian Maple veneer to make higher quality decks.

– How did you find out about Roarockit and why did you choose a TAP system instead of another kind of press?

The first time I read about Roarockit was at diyskate.com. I was looking for information about how to build a press and came across the Roarockit TAP, which was a surprise as I had never heard of deck pressing with a vacuum bag. I don’t have a lot of storage space or a workshop, I make the builds either on my apartment’s balcony or in the building’s backyard, so being able to fold and store my press in a shelf made all the difference, which is something I wouldn’t be able to do with a bottle jack press for example. The usage is very simple, making a mold out of hard foam is much easier and cheaper than wood or concrete, which is nice for amateur builders as myself, and if you take your time to do it right, the results are outstanding for such a simple deck-pressing method. The tutorial videos on Roarockit’s Youtube channel are also excellent and helped me avoid many mistakes.

– You wrote an excellent article of your experience with our kit. You can read the article here. It’s a really good one thank you! What is your relation with blogging and the website LongboardEnvy? And why write an article about Roarockit?

I’ve actually never had a Blog myself. The opportunity to write for Longboard Envy came after I posted on /r/longboarding a short review on the Ronin Cast Katana trucks I had recently bought. I couldn’t find any reviews on it so I decided to share my experience with them with the community, then JC from Longboard Envy contacted me inviting for a guest post with a bit more in depth analysis of those trucks. Some time after that, he invited me to write on an ongoing basis and I joined.

The idea of writing about the Roarockit TAP bag kit came from both the need of original content for Longboard Envy and some tips and details about using it that I gathered by reading articles about it, watching tutorial videos and my personal experience designing and building a deck. I wanted to put it all together in one place to help first builders get a good idea of the whole process.

– What are you working on now? And what are your future projects?

Right now I’m sketching some ideas for boards I want to build for the next season. One of them is a 1960’s style, flat, solid wood board. I really like how they look and I want to learn how to stain wood. I want to learn how to apply fiberglass and carbon fiber in order to build a light but super stiff downhill deck and I have a couple of waiting orders from friends for a cruiser and a slalom deck.

– Any comments or special thanks?

Thank you Roarockit for inviting me to be part of Shaper of the Month and for making it’s products available in Europe, to my friends who support me in deck building, specially Kim and Roberto who painted the amazing custom art on my decks, and the longboarding community on Reddit who is really helpful as well.

Thank you ?

Youtube: Matheus Iark

Shaper of the month : David Zuber

Shaper of the month : David Zuber

Today, we would like to introduce David Zuber, skater, designer and builder.

Photo by: Caroline Krajcir.

Following several email exchanges, David sent us some images and details of a school project he had been working on. His project intrigued us, so we wanted to find out more…

“I started Skateboarding when I was about 11 years old. Now I’m 27 and it is still a big part of my life.

Without realizing, skateboarding introduced me to the creative aspects of life like Illustration, photography, product design and gave me a kind of outside the box thinking on the way.

Of course, I have never been the best in school but finally I’ll start my studies in product design this month – thanks to skateboarding for all of this. “

1 – You recently built a very neat school project, can you tell us a bit about this ?

“This was a three and a half weeks project at the ZHDK in Zurich. The topic was up to us and we could work quite freely.

My mind is a mess and I usually jump from idea to idea and try to figured out a lot of different things in one project.

The Goal was to make a customizable nightstand but as always, the process is the destination.

I started with a LEGO grid went over child wood puzzles, created a body in cinema 4D that moves depending on what kind of object (Things usually found on your nightstand) is falling on to it so I can create depth out of a two-dimensional plate.

At the end I ended up cutting the Roarockit veneer by laser cutter and layering them up.

I tried to figure out a way to get loose of the two-dimensional surface and create a customizable mini table.” 

2 – You used Roarockit material to do so, how do you find it so far and how did it come into play with your project ?

“I realized if I want to go into depth, I need to have a material to push the depth even further. So Lucky I skate and know that skateboards are made out of thin and colorful veneer to gain even more depth.

Since my mind never stops, I had to do something with the leftovers and created an induction charge, a lamp and so on. For my this was the biggest satisfaction during the whole project.”

Working with the Roarokit material was very interesting it gives you a lot of opportunities and you even discover a lot more during the process. One of the more interesting methods was bending the wood to give it a new shape without using glue.”

3 – You also recycle old skateboards, when did you start this project and what does it involve ?

“The first project I ever made was around 2014. After this I teamed up with some one of our skate group who was interested to work together on the same topic.

The main point is to simply recycle old skateboards. After a long time, we figured out how we can build bigger plates to create tables and furniture.

We always try to push the material to the limit and use it differently. We now also create bowls and are working on some smaller goods to finally put it on our web shop that should come soon.

But still my favorite thing to do is figuring out things and make up crazy concepts in my mind.”

Caroline Krajcir Fotografie

4 – Any future projects in mind ?

“OOOh yes my mind and notebooks are full of them.

I just made a concept to use some more Roarokit material but we first have to finish a 2.8×1.1 meter Table haha.”

Instagram: @waerchi_nr8

5 – Any comment, special thanks or favorite saying you would like to add ?

“Boys and girls keep skating and remember to always leave the skateparks and spots clean from trash.

To the Roarokit team, keep making this great material and keep the community up.

@Solothurn, it is finally time to give us a skatepark!!!

A big THX to my Teammate I know it isn’t always easy to work with me.

THX to all my skate friends and supporters of our wärch-Nr.8

THX @ Caroline Krajcir Who took the pictures of our Workshop

And of course, THX to my family and my girlfriend who are always supporting my!”

Follow and see more of David’s work on his instagram page. 

Shaper of the month : Laurent Buffet – Eighty Five

Shaper of the month : Laurent Buffet – Eighty Five

Ça glisse, ça roule pour Eighty Five ! Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter ce mois-ci Laurent, shaper Vendéen et créateur de Eighty Five. Voici son interview :

  • Commençons par une présentation de notre “Shaper of the month”. D’où viens-tu ? Quel âge as-tu ? Que fais-tu dans la vie ? Tes passions ? N’hésite pas à donner les informations que tu souhaites pour te présenter.

Laurent, un jeune homme de 54 ans. Fabrication de mon premier skate à 14 ans. Avoir un papa menuisier avec un atelier très équipé aide beaucoup ! Menuisier moi-même, je suis revenu à mes premiers amours après avoir évolué dans le monde du nautisme. Je fabrique également des surfs, toujours en bois…

 

  • Depuis combien de temps as-tu commencé le travail du bois ? Connais-tu ce savoir-faire depuis longtemps ?

De formation menuisier, je suis d’ailleurs la cinquième génération. J’ai toujours évolué dans le milieu du bois, bâtiment, nautisme. J’apprécie particulièrement la création.

Très valorisant de partir d’une feuille blanche et d’admirer le résultat final !

 

  • Quel est ta relation avec le bois Canadian ? Pourquoi est-il si spécial pour toi ?

L’érable du Canada est l’essence reine pour shaper un skate. Parfaite adéquation entre la densité, la couleur et la facilité d’usinage.

  • Comment as-tu choisi le nom “Nom de la marque” ? A-t-il une signification particulière ? une histoire ?

Eighty-Five, quatre-vingt cinq, m’est naturellement venu. C’est mon département, la Vendée. Je suis très attaché à mes racines paysannes. Ça permet de garder les pieds sur terre. Département très bien équipé en skate park, et bien sur nous avons la mer !

  • Utilises-tu les technologies Roarockit ? Te sont-elles utiles au quotidien ?

J’utilise les produits et plus particulièrement les poches sous vides Roarockit pour la réalisation de board en petites séries. Ils connaissent très bien les produits, sont des spécialistes, et proposent l’ensemble des produits périphériques. Colle, outillages, etc et bien sur une sélection rigoureuse du bois !

  • Comment as-tu découvert Roarockit ?

Sur internet tout simplement !

  • Sur quoi travailles-tu en ce moment ? Quels sont tes futurs projets ?

Je travaille actuellement avec les jeunes de Riders Gang ! Ils sont comme mois des Sables d’Olonne. Je me spécialise dans les petites séries, pub, lots pour compétitions et bien évidement le particulier qui souhaite une board custom !

  • Un dernier commentaire ou une spéciale dédicasse ? Vas-y c’est ton moment !

Dedicasse à toutes les mamans et tous les papas ! Vos enfants et ados sont mieux dans un park que devant une télé !

Vous pouvez retrouver et suivre les créations de Laurent sur Facebook et Instagram 🙂

 

 

 

Andrés De Marco God bless Longboards

There doesn’t seem to be a better way of starting off this European blog of Roarockit Skateboard, other than having the pleasure to introduce a board builder from Madrid.

 

Andrés De Marco approached board building some two years ago after months of acquiring knowledge from articles, tutorials and forum threads everywhere.

“I started long boarding late in life, unfortunately, some 2 years ago (at 37). Almost immediately I got interested in building decks, even tho’ I’ve never considered myself gifted for handwork (much the contrary).”

Funnily enough, his first build was with the Roarockit technology and materials, ordered all the way from Canada, so we asked him how he had come across it and what he thought of it.

“I first read about Roarockit at Silverfish Longboarding forums. When approaching my first build it was the logical choice, even tho’ it was going to be expensive (they only delivered material from Canada back then)”.

“First of all it helped me succeed in building something to be proud of with my hands, quite a task for me, believe me. I still remember the first 2 veneers I pressed for my first deck. I was amazed. That deck was poorly designed but it still stands abuse nowadays, and the tools proved essential in allowing me to both evolve my work and get a deeper knowledge of what I’m doing and how to achieve it”.

 

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So where has board building taken him?
We always love to hear what builders are up to, so we asked and this is what he said.

“Altho’ I sell some boards here and there I don’t do this for a living. So I can put an accent in doing stuff I’m happy with and can stand behind. I even stopped offering dropthrus because I wasn’t happy with the routing (some nasty breakage incidents included). Will only resume once (and if) I perfect both my methods and tools so I have something consistent to offer. There’s no dishonour in being honest and telling you to go look elsewhere if I can’t do it right. I’m mostly lazy so I want things to be easy, consistent, clean and straightforward, no messy procedures.”

Roarockit EU: What are your future projects?
Andrés: “I’m venturing into some hybrid layup paths (BB+maple, BB+glass+maple) and some more “techy” kind of builds (tub drops, pockets). I see myself as an artisan wannabe, so far an apprentice  I’m definitely not into the boutique kind of market, I aim to offer simple decent decks in different materials and flex choices at a reasonable price. I’m a great fan of AmWood and Drang. Their “standard line + choices” approach at affordable prices makes great sense to me. I try to systematize and optimize my work to achieve such a kind of result (but at an insignificant scale). That’s my utopia nowadays, I really think a fair price for a longboard deck shouldn’t go beyond, say, 150€, I see no reason for asking more (unless you have to feed a huge marketing department).”

Roarockit EU: What makes your boards so unique?
Andrés: “I don’t know really. They’re imperfect so, in a way, that’s unique I guess. Truth be told, I don’t know of any builder here in Spain that you can talk to directly (or meet skating the city), exchange ideas about what you want, and get it for 100 or 120€. But then again, I can’t compare myself to anything remotely serious, this is just me, in my 12m2 workshop (where I melt in summers and freeze in winters), simply having fun with some wood.”

 

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Andrés has made a number of fabulous boards which you can find on his website at http://www.godblesslongboards.com/

Be sure to check them out!