From half-pipes to home decor: Alberta trio upcycles skateboards into unique decorations, art pieces

Martinus Pool retains up a donated skateboard in his carpentry workshop in Calgary on May well 13. Pool claims he gets a regular source of outdated and broken skateboards from mates and skate shops in Calgary.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

Stacks of broken and worn skateboards, blocks of vibrant wooden, and bowls in several phases of construction pack a garage workshop in Calgary.

The workshop belongs to brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool, avid skateboarders who made a decision to flip their passion for the sport into a business enterprise transforming discarded skateboards into good artwork parts and residence decor.

From the still left, Anne Tranholm Pool, Adrian Pool, and Martinus Pool sit on the workbench at their carpentry workshop.Gavin John/The World and Mail

Martinus Pool scrapes the plastic coating off an old skateboard.Gavin John/The World and Mail

Martinus Pool styles a block of wooden into a bowl.Gavin John/The World and Mail

Martinus places the ending touches on a bowl.Gavin John/The World and Mail

Started 10 many years ago, AdrianMartinus – the name of their company – took inspiration from Japanese artist Haroshi, who employs skateboards to craft objects in a distinctive rainbow style. The brothers begun by doing the job out of their father’s garage and now deal with two locations in Calgary.

The enterprise sources applied, outdated, and broken skateboards from five regional retailers together with donations from the group to make objects these types of as bowls and wall art. Making a one bowl needs close to 10 skateboards, but according to Martinus, each and every skateboard is utilised as efficiently as achievable: Just one skateboard can in some cases close up in 30 pieces to limit waste.

Finished wood bowls.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

A wall artwork mosaic produced up of the tops of a quantity of skateboards.Gavin John/The World and Mail

Earrings sit on a get the job done bench in the workshop.Gavin John/The World and Mail

Adrian’s spouse, Anne Tranholm Pool, joined the enterprise in 2014. She patterns and generates jewelry items and operates the on line retail store.

Just lately, AdrianMartinus began turning skateboards into furniture. Its craftsmanship was acknowledged by an Etsy Layout Award in 2020.

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