Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. I’m sure many of you have had a skateboard snap while attempting to do aerials, flip tricks and grinds. Jason Podlaski, the Pennsylvania-based founder of Deckstool came up with a solution on how to use broken skateboards. Podlaski took the pieces of several broken boards and turned them into a stool.“The goal is to maximize the usefulness of the material and at the same time showcase the beauty of the plywood and shredded skate graphics,” said Podlaski.The result was Deckstool, a cleverly crafted seat made from the remnants of skateboards. Soon, Podlaski began acquiring unusable skateboards from skate parks and skate shops and he discovered that some of them were not wide enough to create a stool. So, he came up with the idea of cutting them into sections and joining them to form a bench, which he called the Deckbench. Podlaski found that skateboards are made from an ideal material to create furniture.“The boards are made from high quality seven-ply Canadian maple plywood and incredibly strong where not broken,” said Podlaski. “It would be shame to waste a material with so much viability and character. The plys of the wood are often dyed vibrant colors which creates a beautiful edge detail. The skateboard artwork and graffiti is wonderfully distorted by the patterns of wear on the boards. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind compositions are created when boards are combined to form a single piece of furniture.”Deckstool has evolved into a one-stop shop that makes custom furniture from skateboards. In addition to the stool and the bench, they make tables and cushions, along with whatever you can dream up. If you want to send in your old broken skateboards that you just can’t seem to part with, Podlaski and his team can repurpose them into something a little more usable.Although Podlaski dreams of having two Deckbenches to use as picnic-style benches at his dining table, he can’t seem to hold on to a pair long enough — customers keep snapping them up! However, him and his brother, do keep several stoop prototypes around their home.“Skateboarding is a passion and a lifestyle,” said Podlaski. “People want to integrate it into their lives. Passionate skateboarders love it and want it in their homes. Beyond that, the material is simply unique and beautiful. Non-skaters can appreciate the furniture for the beauty of the material, the cultural relevance, and the functional designs.”For more information, visit deckstool.com.
Ohio State senior forward NickSchilkey has his shot blocked aside by Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvort (35) during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss on Feb. 25. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOne final series at the Schottenstein Center remains on the 2016-17 schedule for the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1), as the Scarlet and Gray welcome the Michigan State Spartans (6-21-3, 2-12-2-0) to Columbus for two crucial conference clashes.This weekend will mark the second series of the season between the Buckeyes and Spartans. The first series on Feb. 17 and 18 featured two one-goal wins for OSU at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — 3-2 Friday and 4-3 Saturday — to seal the sweep.Despite those vital victories, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik said his team must continue to respect a visiting Michigan State squad — and at this point in the season, this weekend represents two must-win games for his team.“We were fortunate to get out of (East) Lansing there with two wins, and we’ve got to be better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We want to come out and get a quick start, and hopefully put together a 60-minute game.”Although the Buckeyes left the state of Michigan with six Big Ten points earlier this month, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said OSU looked at its previous meetings with the Spartans in order to make adjustments, and will enter the series with a “do or die” mentality.However, Schilkey said the result of this weekend will depend ultimately on the Buckeyes’ effort on the ice.“We watched video this week, and learned what worked well for us, areas they exposed us,” Schilkey said. “We play each team twice, and it’s just like any other second weekend of playing a team in this conference. We watched tape, learn from some things, but at the end of the day, it comes down to us and our work ethic.”Currently, OSU sits in the 15th spot of the PairWise rankings for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — and have rested on the bubble down the stretch of the season. In light of this, Rohlik said his team is aware of its present situation regarding postseason play, and that the NCAA tournament truly begins for his unit with the first faceoff Friday night.“I think everybody in (the locker room) knows exactly where we’re at, and I think that just jumpstarts our playoffs,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to start our playoffs earlier than most teams right now, and Friday to me is a playoff hockey game.”Puck drop for the final home series of the season is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, while Saturday’s clash is slated to begin at 8 p.m.