“One thing I’ve learned from having my own DIY bowl has been how to turn a problem into an opportunity. I like to try things and see how they work out, which sometimes leaves me with a little extra repair work to do, and that can be a chance for the bowl to evolve over time.
The latest issue that came up was a whole section of coping that kept breaking loose. After a few failed attempts fixing it, I realized this was a time to make a creative change. Where coping and mortar weren’t really working, I could drill in and secure a block wall way better.
To add to the excitement, I was even able to get some really beautiful exposed aggregate coping from Tedder Stone. Phil trimmed the blocks down to fit my new wall, and I recycled the leftover ends for a perfect slappy curb.
The new wall came out pretty gnarly, but it really added a challenging feature to the bowl. With DIY spots we get to experiment and take risks, and this time it paid off!” – TJ Schick
Skaters: TJ Schick , Aiden Eley, Jacob Fisher
Photos by Jamie Jacobson