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Snowboard Bench

Posted in Creative Reuse, Tom's Boards, Tutorials with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by Lax Cat Creations

This picture is the inspiration behind the name “Lax Cat Creations.”  This is one of my first “creations”.  The Elan 155cm snowboards were from Arizona Snowbowl where I first went snowboarding for “real”.  I had spent many a school snow day in the woods on a cheap K-Mart snowboard, but the Elan 155 was the first legit board I rode.

The construction crew I was on was building a Santa Fe styled home and had a number of viga poles throughout the house.  These two are the ones that didn’t get thrown into the wood stove that winter.  I used a chain saw, angle grinder, and drill to create the bench.

Arian never let me bring it in the house, so it was relegated to the deck. When moving from Bend, OR to Portland, we were trying to downsize and the bench and I parted ways. During the last hour of our weekend garage sale, a single mom stopped in looking for a gift for her five-year old boy who just learned to ride that winter.

I do miss adding stickers from snowboard trips and new gear, but the thought of it in some young boys room acting as a catch-all brings a smile to my face.

– Tom