Deckstool - Recycled Skateboard Furniture and Gifts

American Made Since 2010

Jason Podlaski

Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania
Broken skateboards are reborn as cool furniture and gifts. Inspired by skateboarding and good, green design. Handcrafted by skaters in the USA.

Tell us about your business.

At Deckstool, we salvage broken skateboards and turn them into high-quality furniture and fun, functional gift items. Fueled by a passion for skateboarding and good (green) design, our goal is to build a responsible, sustainable business in the USA. It all began when my brother, Adam, came up with the idea to make a chair using his old broken skate decks and asked me to help out. Inspired by the consistent way the boards were broken, we had the idea for the original skateboard stool and soon the seed for an entire business was planted. People always ask how we get so many broken boards. Through our recycling program, we partner with skate shops and parks to collect broken boards and in turn help them raise funds for local skatepark projects, charities, or to help support their small skate-businesses. Future plans include: more staff, more partnerships with local manufacturers, more recycling, more giving back to skate-related causes, and more skateboarding!

What makes your business stand out?

Broken skateboards are an unfortunate and abundant byproduct of skateboarding. Even more unfortunate is that most broken boards end up in a landfill. We see this former "trash" as a useful, beautiful, new native material. By using old broken skateboards to create new products we turn them into a commodity and give value to something that was formerly worthless. Giving them value not only keeps skateboards out of landfills, but also allows us to give back to the skateboard community that collects the broken boards for recycling. Skate shops and skate parks collect boards and we give cash back per board. The funds raised go to help build skateparks, support charities, and to help support the small skateboard shops that are vital to many local skateboard scenes across the country.

Comments (0)


Mark Your Calendar

    Aug. 31, 2015

    Final day for entering the Audience Choice Award competition.

    Oct. 19, 2015

    Final day to cast your vote for your favorite makers.

    Oct. 23, 2015

    2015 Editors' Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
    Nov. 7, 2015

    Don’t miss our networking event and maker lecture series in New York City. Tickets are available now.

    Discover the American Made Summit

More Finalists

  • 2015 Audience Choice Winner

    Baiser Beauty

    Erika Arguello & Claudia Llamosa & Maria Copello
    Baiser Beauty is a natural luxury skin care and beauty line handcrafted in Miami Beach with 100% certified organic ingredients.
    Style, Beauty
  • 2015 Crafts Finalist

    Toad & Tadpole

    Mark King
    These days, parents and kids spend a lot of time apart. Tremendous & Tiny create a connection that makes you feel like you're never too far away.
  • 2015 Design Finalist

    Katy Skelton LLC

    Katy Skelton
    I design and create furniture that is all made in America. Socially responsible design and manufacturing is my main focus.
    Design, Furniture & Home Accessories
  • 2015 Design Finalist

    Headlands Quality Goods

    Scott Goodman & Rebecca Roth
    Headlands focuses on making quality leather accessories and home goods by hand while sourcing all tools and materials from American suppliers.
    Design, Furniture & Home Accessories