Score! Repurposed Sports Equipment Is a Slam Dunk
December 18, 2017 - bbq set
The art of repurposing is kicking it in a universe of sports.
Deflated footballs, separate skateboards and other athletic equipment offers a abounding source of impulse for innovative artisans.
Recycled as organic objects, items like balls, boards and sticks yield engaging textures, strong patterns and a pleasant component of whimsy.
The Material: Ice Hockey Sticks
Los Angeles hockey father Eric Bourgoujian was looking for a approach to whip adult a uninformed duty for shop-worn sticks his son formerly used in a rink. Although unlawful for flitting pucks, most of a missile was fine.
A set of grill collection offering a inspiration. Bourgoujian substituted out a unchanging handles with sawed-off pieces of a glossy sticks. “I suspicion we could make something cold out of those and keep them out of a landfill,” he says.
Fellow father John Ufland was impressed. He and Bourgoujian, who both work in a party industry, dubbed their business Requip’d, and so distant have recycled some-more than 50,000 hockey sticks as spatulas, tongs, grill forks and other organic products. The utensils and other collection are tradition systematic to fit a hockey hang handles.
Bourgoujian says a vale shafts are ideal for handles since of their “cool graphics” and ergonomic profile. “It’s done for a span of hands. we cruise it’s a best BBQ set we ever used,” he says, while revelation that he’s partial.
Many of sticks are made with a slip-resistant aspect that suits athletes, and also works for grill enthusiasts. “They’re not only a newness item,” Bourgoujian says. “It needs to work and be functional.”
Barbecue sets from Requip’d operation in cost from about $40 to $50. Other Requip’d equipment embody bottle openers for about $14, brooms for about $25 and frames for about $45. They also sell ice cream scoops and ice scraper/snow brush tools.
Additionally, Requip’d does their stick-handle thing with plungers. (Yes, plungers.) They’re $16.99.
The Material: Sports Balls
R.J. Angel’s football-player son told her she should do something with his aged footballs. So she added a tag and fashioned a purse.
From there, she devised purses from soccer balls, volleyballs and basketballs, permitting a tender textures, code names and strange designs to shine. She grabs them at garage sales and preservation stores. “Everything we make involves recycling in some fashion,” she says. “I cruise myself a recycle artist.”
Angel, of Liberty, Missouri, sells her sports round purses and other equipment in her Etsy shop, PracticalRecycleArt. A stately blue 10-inch Wilson football purse was on a site during a cost of $35.
The Material: Skateboards
Zale Bledsoe adores skateboards and skateboarding — so most so that he works in a skateboard shop. And that offers him a apparatus for his passion: repurposing a colourful veneer from appreciated skateboards that once scooted along sidewalks, rolled down ramps and achieved considerable tricks.
Some shoppers are gay to yield Bledsoe with their damaged play when shopping replacements. “It’s gripping it going. It’s not only throwing it away,” he says.
Bledsoe uses his artistic aptitude and woodworking talent to square together uninformed patterns from opposite sections of a strange skateboard artwork. His initial plan was building an electric guitar for himself. Then a crony asked him to make ping-pong paddles.
Ping-pong paddles are featured in Bledsoe’s Etsy shop, SkateboardEverything. The emporium also facilities pens with perplexing patterns for $20.
Feature picture pleasantness of Requip’d