Even if you're an avid skater, you've probably taken the creation of your board for granted - especially if you're a fortunate customer of Rekiem Skateboards, France's only custom, handcrafted manufacturer. Watch the entire genesis in just over three minutes.
The amount of individual effort that goes into shaping, smoothing, cutting and completing each board is genuinely surprising - and of course the aid of a pretty badass mechanical press doesn't hurt. But each hole has to be drilled by hand, each jagged edge sanded manually. Plus, the feeling of being able to - after quite a few hours of work - hop onto something you just made from crude, raw materials, and ride it up a ramp must be pretty damn gratifying.