Although I’m not a skateboarder I like watching the performed tricks and the way the boards look. Skateboards have become a way of life, a way for people to express themselves. Looking at all those choreographed tricks and moves is just like looking at a dance. But after using the boards for some time, they become scratched and bruised. And thats the thing that I really like about the look of a skateboard. So when I come across upcycle design made out of old skateboards it gets my immediate attention! Just like ‘Art of board‘, ‘Skateback‘ and the ‘Skateboard Sconce Lamp‘. All great examples of what can be done with these otherwise thrown away boards.
Skateboard furniture with scratched graphics
When I started upcycleDZINE one of the first upcycle design pieces I bumped into was a skateboard stool designed by Jason Podlaski from Pennsylvania-based deckstool. I was immediately intrigued by the design because of its shape and especially by the scratched graphics. Just amazing to see all those drawings and scratch marks.
The company deckstool began when Jason’s brother Adam handed him a pile of his old, broken skateboard decks and asked him to turn them into a piece of furniture. Looking at the decks, he was inspired by the consistent way they were broken, about 75% of them were broken at the truck and 25% were broken in half. Jason: “The longer ‘broken at the truck’ decks seemed to be natural legs for the design and the smaller ‘broken in half’ decks looked like they would make a good seat. After playing with these basic components for a while and incorporating an old skateboard truck to tie the pieces together, a mutant, proto-deckstool appeared. After many more broken skateboards and progressively more refined stool prototypes, the current deckstool was born.”
Now a few years later the guys from deckstool have created a very interesting skateboard furniture collection. The result is an amazing looking stool, bench, coffee table and cafe table, all built and finished by skilled craftsman, showing of the beautiful scraped and scarred graphics. Due to the nature of the material, broken skateboards, every piece of furniture will be unique.
Photos © deckstool
The goal of deckstool is to support skateboarding and skate-related causes through their recycling program and continue to turn tons of trashed skatedecks into beautiful, “useful products that last!”