When we were putting our holiday orders together for the shop I came across Maple XO and jumped at the chance to get some of their stuff in the shop. As with all of our companies, we like bringing in & working with skater O&O brands and this fit the bill. Add on that it's a way to reduce waste & recycle and it's a perfect match for LBS (you've heard of our iRide iRecycle box, no?). Lindsay and her Maple XO team live & work in the other Portland and are equally psyched to have their one of a kind goods in our shop as we are to have them here for you guys to look at, touch and hopefully bring home.
Here's a little about Lindsay Jo Holmes and why she started Maple XO:
I’m a skateboarder and almost as much as I love skating itself, I love being a part of the skateboard community. It’s filled with amazing individuals who are all driven by the same fuel, the love of skateboarding. Recycling the boards has been my way to give back to this community by reducing the environmental footprint of skateboarding and giving the old boards new life. With such amazing art and talent that is put into the graphics and production of a skateboard deck, they deserve way more than to sit in a landfill after they’ve been skated.
HOW DID YOU THINK THIS UP:
Recycling skateboards wasn’t a new idea. People have been doing it since the 70’s and my first personal attempt wasn’t to make jewelry, it was to make a clock for my wall at home. Next I made a chalkboard, some magnets and eventually my friend Amanda and I just put the scraps from all these skateboard crafts on some earring hooks and wore them around. Didn’t think much of it until all my friends and people from work started asking me to make them some skateboard earrings. Looking back on it now is funny, because the earrings were literally raw pieces of broken skateboards dangling on ear wires. To be honest, the first pair may just have been random wire that we bent into makeshift earrings hooks!
Once I started cutting into the boards for the purpose of making jewelry, I started discovering the amazing beauty and qualities inside the skateboards. I was somewhat familiar with the drill press (thanks to high school woodshop many years ago) so I started with cutting circles. From the circles, I created the first pair of recycled skateboard hoop earrings, and soon to follow were the bangles.
And here's a pic of some of the stuff we have at LBS just waiting to go under the Christmas tree, in a stocking or directly on your wrist, ear or through your belt loops.