Matt Groom and Whitney Phillips find their groove in the woodshop.
The two met fixing a flood damaged building in Warren after Tropical Storm Irene. "We very quickly learned we worked very well together and we better together than we were separate," Groom said.
Besides a love of woodworking, the two also connected with another common interest -- hitting the road on four wheels. They teamed up one year ago to create -- Warren Pieces -- unique wooden skateboards. "It's art you can ride, its not a pressed board from a factory in China," Groom said.
Each longboard is one of a kind, made from scraps of reclaimed or recycled wood that is glued together to make intricate patterns. "We love wood, love working with it and the look, so it killed us to see so much wood going into the furnace," Groom said.
"This is wood that's been discarded, so as we plane it, sand it -- if it's bending one way we say, you know what, it's going to bend that way. With the amount of figure in it, it looks beautiful and that's why we like working with it," Whitney Phillips said.
Three layers of bamboo under the top layer give the boards strength. "I've actually tried to split one with an ax and it didn't work," Groom said.
The boards are uniquely shaped -- even making what they say is the first square skateboard. "It's all things we've wanted to change about every board we've ever ridden and now we have the opportunity," Phillips said.
Shortboards cost $250 and longboards are $400. They come with all the hardware to get you rolling. Each board also comes with a mount -- that way you can hang the board on the wall when you're not riding around. "Why buy such a cool piece of art and throw it in the closet," Phillips said.
The mounts are even starting to pop up at many local establishments. "It's the board you want to go down the boardwalk and get a six pack with -- it's not the board for a skate park," Groom said.
"We put our heart and soul into them. They're our favorite pieces of wood. We basically can't throw them away so we immortalize them by turning them into skateboards which can hang on your wall, which is awesome," Phillips said.
Taking scraps and turning them into beautiful rides that are Made in Vermont.
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:49 PM EST2014-03-09 02:49:49 GMT
The Burlington Yoga Conference began Saturday at UVM's Davis Center. The event gives participants a chance to connect the mind body and soul through workshops they may not have access to on a daily basis.More >>
The Burlington Yoga Conference began 6 years ago and has become a staple in the community.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:29 PM EST2014-03-09 02:29:17 GMT
A warning for pet owners in our region. Coyotes are on the prowl. A biologist in New Hampshire says he has received more than 10 calls recently, in the Keene, New Hampshire area, for a deer that was takenMore >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:21 PM EST2014-03-09 02:21:44 GMT
As spring approaches, many Vermont homeowners prepare to work on their houses - so they head to the Burlington Home Show. And many Vermont small business owners - with their products and services on displayMore >>
Many business owners at the Burlington Home Show say the new health care system in Vermont is helpful, but some say it's causing a real headache.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:07 PM EST2014-03-09 01:07:08 GMT
A rally at the State House in Montpelier Saturday. A passionate group of dozens of women, and men, assembled in front of the State House Saturday for the Women's March for Dignity. They were demandingMore >>
Women's March for Dignity say they are demanding lawmakers support paid sick day policies for all workers.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>