June 30, 2022

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Notable Woodworkers

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

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Martinus Pool holds up a donated skateboard in his carpentry workshop in Calgary on May well 13. Pool states he gets a regular source of previous and damaged skateboards from good friends and skate shops in Calgary.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

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

The workshop belongs to brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool, avid skate boarders who made a decision to convert their passion for the activity into a business transforming discarded skateboards into great artwork pieces 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 aged skateboard.Gavin John/The Globe and Mail

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

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

Launched 10 many years ago, AdrianMartinus – the title of their business – took inspiration from Japanese artist Haroshi, who utilizes skateboards to craft objects in a distinctive rainbow design and style. The brothers commenced by doing work out of their father’s garage and now deal with two places in Calgary.

The business sources employed, outdated, and broken skateboards from 5 neighborhood retailers together with donations from the group to develop objects these kinds of as bowls and wall artwork. Creating a solitary bowl calls for close to 10 skateboards, but in accordance to Martinus, every skateboard is utilised as efficiently as attainable: A single skateboard can sometimes stop up in 30 pieces to lessen waste.

Finished wood bowls.Gavin John/The World and Mail

A wall art mosaic manufactured up of the tops of a range 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 firm in 2014. She designs and produces jewellery items and operates the on line retailer.

Lately, AdrianMartinus began turning skateboards into household furniture. Its craftsmanship was identified by an Etsy Style and design Award in 2020.

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