“Like totally RAD-MAN.”
It’s not the way you expect to start a conversation with a whisky enthusiast and yet Neil McKinlay who is a phenomenally talented craftsmen based in Lochgoilhead on the West Coast of Scotland has designed a series of Skateboards from Whisky Casks. His business “Caleb & Taylor” build cool and unconventional stuff from homes to skateboards!
I’m sure if by chance you find yourself in Lochgoilhead, McKinlay wouldn’t be talking Skateboard Lingo; he is more likely to be talking about the benefits of one wood type over another.
His Skateboards have characterful names:
“Big Dougal” or “Wee Jimmy” are whisky cruisers; I notice he’s sold out of his Limited edition Oban Distillery skateboards.
I came across McKinlay when researching the “green” side of the whisky industry as mentioned in my last ‘guest post’; I thought as the third biggest industry in Scotland it would be good to learn its impact on the environment. Whisky is a brilliant industry to be involved in, employing over 10,000 people (often in deprived areas); to be honest on the ecological side it’s got some work to do however changes are in the wind.
Just down the road from McKinlay is a new development on the shores of Loch Fyne, the Portvadie Distillery. It’s in the very early stages of development with demolition and ground works started, there’s a long way to go before we start to see a drop of the water of life (or ‘uisge beatha’), an exciting development none the less. The development will have its own “biomass” generator and production promises to be very eco-friendly.
So, back to those skateboards, do you fancy a shot?
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Colin Gilchrist (whisky enthusiast), guest blogger. 04.36 – 17.02.16