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ski bottle opener

by Michael Bellino
Handmade
Recycled
Exclusive
Community Voted
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  • the story

Snow Way!

After a long day, could anything be better than cracking open your favorite drink, cozying up by the fire and letting your mind drift off? Whether you spend your days hitting the slopes or tackling mountains of paper in the office, Michael Bellino's one-of-kind opener made out of a salvaged ski is the perfect way to capture the laid-back spirit of the ski resort in your home year-round. Handmade in Massachusetts.

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  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Exclusive
Community Voted
Item ID
21638
Made from
recycled coffee bags, ski
Measurements
10.5" L x 2.5" W
  • 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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