To many people, a broken skateboard belongs in the bin.

But to one Huddersfield couple, the pieces are the first step to creating something new and beautiful.

James, 26, and Stacey Gomes-Sique, from Skelmanthorpe, are carving out a career making jewellery and accessories from skateboard wood - and the results are stunning.

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Stacey, 29, said: “James is a skateboarder so we’ve always made things from them. Skaters always do things with their old boards, like making shelves.

“It takes a lot of determination to skate - the skaters go through a lot to learn each trick and it becomes a way of life.

“It’s expensive to get the full set up and they put a lot of time and money into it, so when the board breaks it can be devastating to them. James has had some boards for a couple of years, but then some have lasted only hours.

“They go through so much with the boards and they mean such a lot, so it’s about the board living on.”

The couple, who have two children, Kai, 10, and three-year-old Mya, began making items for friends and as their popularity grew, it became a full time job for James, 26 and Stacey, 29.

With the help of James’s childhood friend Rob Fielding, they developed their business, named Sesh - but tragically Rob was killed in a car accident in Hoylandswaine in May last year.

The 24-year-old from Shelley died in a crash which left two other people badly hurt.

Through their grief the couple decided to go on with the support of Rob’s family and their group of friends. They managed to take their products to music festivals, selling them from a stall made of recycled skateboards.

Stacey said: “We have had such a lot of support to get us where we are. It’s been amazing.

“We had to give up a lot but we love it - we sleep and dream it.

“We buy boards from pro skateboarders, and some of them give the money to charity. It’s feeding the passion of skateboarding and creating something new.

“Skateboards are made from seven compressed and coloured maple layers, which is a very hard wood to work with. For the bigger designs we have to glue layers together. One big wall clock took 15 skateboards. At the moment we are doing lots of tunnels and plugs (for stretched ears), belts, clocks and ashtrays.

“The boards can be really badly damaged which you might not realise until you cut into it, and it’s hard work - but it’s all part of it.

“We just love it.”