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 13. Pool claims he receives a steady source of aged and damaged skateboards from close friends and skate retailers in Calgary.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

Stacks of damaged and worn skateboards, blocks of colourful wooden, and bowls in a variety of stages of building pack a garage workshop in Calgary.

The workshop belongs to brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool, avid skateboarders who determined to transform their passion for the sport into a business reworking discarded skateboards into great artwork pieces and property 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 Globe and Mail

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

Established 10 several years back, AdrianMartinus – the identify of their business – took inspiration from Japanese artist Haroshi, who makes use of skateboards to craft objects in a distinct rainbow fashion. The brothers started out by functioning out of their father’s garage and now deal with two spots in Calgary.

The organization sources applied, outdated, and damaged skateboards from five local shops alongside with donations from the group to generate objects these kinds of as bowls and wall art. Producing a one bowl needs roughly 10 skateboards, but according to Martinus, each skateboard is used as effectively as possible: 1 skateboard can sometimes conclude up in 30 pieces to limit squander.

Completed wood bowls.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

A wall artwork mosaic created up of the tops of a selection of skateboards.Gavin John/The Globe 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 corporation in 2014. She layouts and generates jewelry items and runs the on line store.

Not long ago, AdrianMartinus begun turning skateboards into furniture. Its craftsmanship was identified by an Etsy Style Award in 2020.

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