Reinventing the Wheel

Jan luca Jansen

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“Reinventing the Wheel” is about up-cycling used skateboard wheels into new forms and shedding light on a neglected material. Inspiring others to be more resourceful and to look for solutions around us rather than creating new problems.


Stool 1

Wheels were stacked and glued together and then shaped on the lathe for the legs. The concave of 2 skateboard decks form a comfortable seating surface.

Wheels used: 48

Stool 2

Wheels were spiralized on a lathe and then weaved together.  6 skateboard decks shaped in a hexagon make up the bottom of the stool. 

Wheels used: 12

Concrete slab

Wheels were granulated and then mixed with concrete to give the concrete a speckled look.

Wheels used: 8


Wheels were cored, handle was shaped on a lathe.

Wheels used: 2


Wheels were lathed down to a constant diameter, cored and then tied together with twine.

Wheels used: 10

Candle holder

Wheels were shaped on a lathe and then stacked.

Wheels used: 3

Hacky sack

Wheels granulated to a pebbled-like constancy as fill.

Wheels used: 1

Massage roller

Wheels were lathed to a constant diameter and then placed on a dowel. Handles shaped on a lathe.

Wheels used: 11


Wheels were cored to the diameter to match the dowel and then shaped on a lathe to a smaller diameter between wheels.

Wheels used: 1


This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support and help of many people. First a big thank you to all the technicians: Brain, Trevor, Marty, Renee, Kathryn and Jeremy in the design woodshop. Rob in the flexible materials lab and Ian in the Metal shop. Also thanks to Michelle at “Antisocial Skateboard Shop” for supplying me with wheels.

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Luca Jansen was born and raised in Whistler, BC and is currently living, making and designing in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. His design practice is heavily focused on sustainability. Luca’s success with upcycling is due to his ability to blue-sky think while staying grounded in reality.

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