child snowboard rocker

by Michael Bellino $275.00
Handmade
Recycled

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Rock the Slopes

When your little winter daredevil isn't out hitting the slopes, he or she can chill out in this cool rocking chair. The one-of-a-kind seating, handmade by Mike Bellino from a retired snowboard and unfinished Canadian cedar, will be equally at home in a sporty bedroom nook or on a cabin porch.

The snowboard is treated with a polyurethane finish, but the wooden portions are left untreated. Instead, Bellino allows wood to undergo a natural finishing process called "checking," which creates naturally-occurring cracks that do not compromise the integrity of the wood. Handmade in Millbury, Massachusetts.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
20984
Made from
cedar wood, reclaimed snow board
Measurements
19" W x 29" D x 37" H (from floor to top of Snow Board); 27 lbs.
Notes
Intended for children ages 5 to 12, from 45 to 110 lbs. Cover if left outside. Unfinished cedar will patina and weather if left out in the elements, which is the artist's intention. If you prefer to keep the chair as is, treat it with a polyurethane finish or wood stain.
  • the maker

Michael Bellino

Michael Bellino started making SkiChairs back in 1993 after purchasing a house on a lake and building an enormous dock that needed furniture.

Looking for an alternative to plastic patio furniture, he found inspiration in O'Neils Bike and Ski Shop, which he managed. Two weeks and two prototypes later, he created the first SkiChair with his old racing and bump skis. Michael says he's still sitting in that original chair today!

Over the next few years he expanded the product offering using different types of sports equipment. Understanding the importance of recycling, Michael recycles all types of sports equipment, uses recycled plastic for bench legs and ships all of the larger products in recycled bicycle boxes.

"I consider myself more of a deck and dock carpenter, but by trade, I graduated with an electrical engineering degree, and creating furniture was really a leap of faith." Michael says. "...The engineering degree will probably come in handy when I decide to add a lighting system to the SkiChair!"

Currently, SkiChair recycles over 20,000 pieces of sports equipment each year, which includes snow and water skis, wake and snow boards, hockey sticks, baseball bats and golf clubs.

Recently, Michael has worked with these different types of sports equipment to create smaller items, at lower price points, such as wine racks. collection

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