SF State Industrial Design student Nick Pourfard is only 23, but he’s already carving out his own niche in the world of custom instruments.
The avid skateboarder founded an eco-friendly woodwork company, Prisma Guitars, after a bad ankle injury sidelined him from skating for six months in 2011. He decided to learn a new craft and begin creating products, thereby merging three of his hobbies: guitar-playing, skating, and woodworking.
However, Prisma Guitars are not like others — they’re constructed from thin segments of old, unusable skateboard decks using technical precision. That’s exceptionally impressive when you realize that Pourfard is self-taught.
“I didn’t know a single thing about it, where to start, what to do, what tools I needed. I then watched a million videos on YouTube about every step on how to make a guitar start to finish,” he tells X-Press, San Francisco State’s magazine. “I would watch it like two times and be like ‘Okay let’s do it.'”
Read more and watch a video of his process at Radio Alice.