All Mukee pieces are handmade locally using wood from broken skateboard decks. Pieces include earrings, necklaces and belt buckles. Owner and designer Derek Keenan was inspired to use reclaimed materials in all aspects of his design work after he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the small west African country of The Gambia. While living in The Gambia Derek saw how the local people didn’t let anything go to waste, everything was reused for something. Upon returning to America, Derek set out to design and create objects from what might otherwise be considered garbage in order to get people to think about how wasteful our culture can be. Skateboards became his material of choice after he noticed a pile of colorful broken decks in the back of a friends skateboard shop. Derek first made jewelry from the broken decks for his then girlfriend and when her friends started asking for pieces Mukee was born.
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