While the primary use for Grain’s shavings and splinters is as animal bedding or garden mulch, any wood that harbors even a hint of utility is saved in dusty corners of the shop to await its full potential. Then one day, inspiration arrives - and suddenly it seems obvious that all the veneers too thin for boards should be pressed onto skateboard decks; that all the short blocking and leftover stringer stock should be made into handplanes; that longer offcuts and leftover surfboard planks should be made into Sea Sleds. It’s obvious.
The Offcuts Initiative represents our dedication to wise and thorough use of resources. When you see the TOI logo, you’ll know that the product you’re looking at was inspired by or made from offcuts that came from hand-crafting Grain Surfboards’ custom boards and Home Grown Kits.
We’re so dedicated to the practice of doing more with less that we limit production of these products to the times of year that we have the most scrap piles built up, typically in the fall and winter months after a busy summer season of classes, kits and custom boards. We continue to think of ways to “close the loop” on our own waste stream, and even how to fold into our operation more recycled material and waste-stream elements from other industries.