– Tell us about the setup you have at home? You must have a production line going right?
“Our workshop is just a tiny little shed! We have been saving a bit of money to buy the tools we need to create our decks. We are slowly but surely building a solid collection of the right tools and supplies. Theres a general order in which we do things – mark up, cut out, shape and finish it off sanding by hand until we’re satisfied with the feel of the board. After that it’s ready to be lacquered and gripped, time to shred!”
– Each of your boards is a bit different to the last – how do you come up with new ideas for techniques or materials?
“We never go into the shop with a specific idea or layout in mind. Its more fun to make it up as we go along! Part of the appeal with our brand is that every board is different. It may have a similar shape to another board but because they are hand made, they all have their own flare. Even if we make a mistake, instead of starting over, the mistake could spiral into a whole new idea for a shape or detailed edge.”
– When you start making something do you go in with a plan or just make whatever feels good at the time?
“Sometimes we will have a general idea of a shape or design but we mostly just dive in and see what happens. It’s more fun just going with the flow.”
– Now you’ve been making for a while what aspect of the process have you found most difficult, and what are you most proud of?
“Being self taught, the most difficult part of the process was learning how to use all the tools in the correct way. I wouldn’t use the word difficult though, it has been challenging and that’s what makes the final product so rewarding. Everything has been a learning process and we’re proud of every stage and obstacle that we have come across so far.”
– Up until very recently you’ve been known by the name Yardy Boards, but are changing that to Hardy Boards. What’s the thinking behind the change. Are you rebranding?
“We felt that ‘Hardy Boards’ was more relevant to the company as we are a brother made brand. Obviously ‘Yardy Boards” was the original name, sprouted from using our back yard shed as our base, but it was just a decision that felt right.”
– What are your future plans for Hardy Boards? Will you be making limited collections or anything like that?
“We are working with some of our pals who design and create things. Collaborations are definitely on the horizon. As much as we want to promote ourselves, if we are able to give other local artists some exposure, that’s what we’re all about. Supporting like-minded people, creating solid products that will last and having fun. We plan to keep doing what we’re doing and more. Keep checking back with us on social media because we always have something in the works.”
– Where can we see more of what you’re getting up to?