MEET THE ARTIST: JOHN GIBSON
2nd Shot is a company that was born from a passion for Skateboarding and its culture. Created by John Gibson, husband, father of two and skateboarder since age 10; Second Shot happened organically in his shop at home in Ontario, Canada.
Originally, John went to school for Auto Body Repair and spent ten years in that industry. Acquiring the necessary tools to work from his home shop, John took freelance jobs painting cars, customizing personal items from motorcycle helmets to guitars. Eventually he began to combine both his work with his love for skateboarding, "Skate Art" hung proudly in his living room long before it had its name - what would eventually become "2nd Shot".
Almost all skateboards are made from seven layers of cross laminated maple ply, with some of the layers dyed different colours depending on the brand and mfg. We collect the used, broken and unwanted skateboards from local skaters, skate parks and skate shops. Once the grip tape is removed the recycled skateboards are ready to be cut, sanded and given a 2nd shot. When pieces from different skateboards are compressed together you get a one of a kind colourful piece of wood, which can be made into just about anything you can imagine, from bird sculptures to sunglasses and watches. Every item is hand crafted one at a time with extreme attention to detail by John.
Every board deserves a 2nd Shot!