You may remember the video we posted to help drum up support for Adrian and Martinus Pool. They’re some woodworking brothers who make very cool objects out of old skateboards. We interviewed Adrian to find out a little more about these creative Calgary skateboarders.
We grew up on an acreage outside of Red Deer and were always hammering nails into some pretty sketchy additions to the tree fort that we had. Our dad has always been a hobby wood worker, which likely came from his dad. We actually use some of our granddad’s tools still. We started skating about 12 years ago but living in the country limited our daily skating. Since we really only had the neighbours asphalt driveway to
skate on, we got pretty good at building our own ramps and boxes and things– the two have always gone hand in hand for us.
We started using old boards about 3 years ago. Adrian had ridden 8 of the same Source boards in a row, and figured that he should be able to glue them together to make something; that was the first cutting board.
We also do a lot of work with reclaimed wood, building furniture and feature walls out of it.
Where do you get the boards for your creations? How many decks do you use for an average piece?
We get our boards from all the local shops, friends and ourselves; it’s pretty easy because they are boards that have been broken or used to the point of being replaced.
It’s tough to say how many boards go into the average project; it really varies. A lot of practical items take just one board, our baseball bats take 14 board sections each, and our mosaic work can have pieces from over
50 boards. The solid top coffee table took sections from 130 boards.
How did the video collaboration with James Barry start? Congratulations on
the win with Storyhive. What does that mean for you guys?
Thanks, yes it’s pretty exciting. We’ve known James and the Ramble guys for a little while now. We basically met through skating, but the video project came about after we made some desks for their offices. They needed a subject for a video contest. We made the pitch video and promoted the hell out of it, and won. It’s basically an opportunity for us to get our work out to a larger audience.
What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created?
Probably our solid top skateboard coffee table. It took us 10 months to make as we had to accumulate the 130 boards that are in it. By making the solid table we learned that the limitations of working with skateboards
were not as great as we thought, and that we could make almost anything with enough time and material.
Where can someone look at or buy your work?
You can see some of our projects on our website: Adrianmartinus.com
We also have some items at The Source 11th Ave, Sully’s in Cross Iron Mills, and soon to be in the Uncommons in Inglewood. We’ve also sold our items at Market Collective in Calgary; the next one is September 5-7 in the East Village. The best way to keep up with our work is via Instagram, @adrianmartinus. If people want to get in touch about a project idea that they want us to do, they can email us at email@example.com