Tuesday, June 09, 2015
MODESTO BEE -- Brian Fiscalini traded the wide-open spaces of his dairy farm near Modesto for a neighborhood packed onto a San Francisco hillside. He took part in an exchange to learn about sustainable practices from his host, who turns old skateboards into electric guitars. The city businessman, Nick Pourfard, ventured east to see how Fiscalini puts manure and other waste to new uses. Pourfard’s company, Prisma Guitars, is a one-man operation in the basement of his 17th Avenue home. It’s in the city’s Sunset District, built on sand dunes early in the 20th century and often cloaked in fog. There’s not a cow or alfalfa field in sight among houses that stand shoulder to shoulder. Pourfard said he started working with wood about five years ago as he recovered from an ankle injury he suffered while skateboarding. He has just graduated from San Francisco State University, where he studied Industrial Design and Marketing.