Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Vellmer.
Hi Jason, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started skateboarding in 1990 and haven’t really stopped ever since. I have an awesome wife named Danielle which is my biggest supporter, my kids are Caleb, Jacob and Bella. I love being a Husband, Father, Skater and Artist. As a skater, everything you see around you is a possible skate spot with endless possibilities and that includes woodworking! I started working with recycled skateboards in 2016 after me and my daughter watched a video on youtube showing someone how they make a ring out of an old skateboard. She wanted one so i made one and it turned out pretty good.
The only working with wood I ever did prior to that was making ramps and other household work. Just like skateboarding I immediately fell in love with working with recycled skateboards. I started making jewelry at first rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. I wanted to do something different with recycled skate art because most people making stuff completely ignore the graphic and the abuse the skateboard took. What is different about me is that i love to leave the destruction and use that into creating some really neat items. I make tables, lights, guitars, wall art and trophies for skateboarding events.
Since starting StuntwoodStl Woodworks my mission was to show love to the City I love and leave a positive message with every person I interact with. I have volunteered at local city schools to share my artwork and make a craft that they can keep to remember. I sponsor local DIY skateboard projects including safe skate spaces, local contests and other local artist venues. I have also been featured in local art galleries and St. Louis Small Businesses. My first event I participated in was Paint Louis which is pretty awesome because its when graffiti artists from around the world converge on the St. Louis Flood Wall to put up new art. I didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would like anything but it was a success and has steadily moved forward since then.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My first challenge to overcome was just the courage to go from a hobby to local artist. The more I created the response continued to grow. It was difficult to know where to start but I decided to start sponsoring local skateboarding events at Sk8 Libouris with fun giveaway items and my first event I setup a booth at was Paint Louis and the support has really been amazing.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a local artist and my medium is recycled skateboards. I love taking broken skateboards and turning them into something pretty special. I started with jewelry by making rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The more time I spent creating the projects have gotten a little more crazy. I have made table lamps, electric guitars, coffee tables, wall art and trophies. I love taking an impossible idea and turning it into a reality. After about 5 years into this I love giving back and supporting the local skateboarding community. Some of my personal favorites was the St. Louis Skater of the Year Trophy which is a replica of the St. Louis Arch, the Infinity Coffee Table, any of my skate guitars and Show-me Skateboards Banger Contest Thor Hammer Trophy.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I Love the Lou! I will try not to ramble but I can’t do just one so I’ll give the highlight reel, the Vess Bottle, Skate Nights at Sk8 Libouris, the amazing Arch, Crown Candy, the fighting spirit, Push for Peace, DIY Skate Community, skating the city with friends, the Graffiti Wall, of course, the Cardinals and there is so much more. My least favorite part is I feel our social support system is failing so many people that have less.
- Rings – $20
- Earrings – $10
- Wall Art – $50 to $100
- Tables – $100 to $300
- Trophies and Custom Projects – $100 to $300
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