snow ski rockersby Michael Bellino $280.00
- the story
The Best Resort
You may not be rocking by the fire with hot cocoa in Aspen or Vail, but who
needs a ski lodge when you have great seating in your own home? Handmade from recycled snow skis and dense, unfinished Canadian white cedar by Massachusetts artist Mike Bellino, the "Chair Man of the Boards". Bellino lets wood to undergo a natural finishing process called "checking," which creates naturally-occuring cracks that do not compromise the integrity of the wood.
Available in Adult and Child size. Sold separately.
Only ground shipping is available for these items. Handmade in Massachusetts. Some assembly required. 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.
Due to the handmade and recycled nature of these items, each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.
Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.
- Item ID
- Made from
- wood, recycled material, ski
- Adult Chair: 26" W x 33" D x 47" H (from floor to tallest ski). Child chair: 19" W x 29" D x 37" H.
- Adult Chair: 350 lb capacity. Child Chair: 175lb capacity. Some assembly required. Polyurethene finish, if left outside, cover to protect against the elements.
- the maker
Michael Bellino started making Ski chairs 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 Ski chair 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 Ski chair!"
Currently, Michael and his team 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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