Recycled skate decks

June 03, 2010, 15:50 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Skaters are tough on their equipment, hurling themselves down massive flights of stairs, sliding, grinding, and pushing the physical limits of wood and bone. Broken decks are a result of such pushing and not an uncommon occurrence. Most end up in the can (check the trash next time you leave your local skatepark) but some folks see the creative potential in the ditched skates. Another man’s trash…

These three Etsy sellers offer recycled skate decks in the form of furniture, toys and jewelry. I think my favorite is the Baby Deck Chair by boardgames. The concave makes a perfect shape for a wee Eames-styled seat. alldeckedout has some sweet belt buckles and sevenply create nice jewelery that highlight the various colors of plywood used in the skateboard production process.

Skate decks have a relatively short lifespan. It’s cool to see creatives such as these folks extending that lifespan a little bit.


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6 Responses

    Kathleen McCafferty says:

    Awesome, Travis!
    Skate or die.
    Or, um, craft.

    Nicole says:

    Such a cool post about creative reuse. Shows that recycling can be beautiful.

    ShannonYokeley says:

    Cool! I see some new accessories in my future…

    Melanie says:

    I've seen a homemade adirondack chair made from skateboard decks –
    3 decks for the seat, 3 for the back
    and 1 each for the arms

    and, it was surprisingly comfortable

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