By Alyssa Pereira

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.

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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.

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“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.'”

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Read more and watch a video of his process at Radio Alice.