Woodworkers are changing their spots. We just don’t want to make things and toss the waste away. Nor do we want others to waste the resources it took so long to grow. Here’s a couple of examples and a few ideas.
I rose from my chair and cheered something I saw in high definition the other night…a pair of New York designers, woodworkers who are creating furniture from scrap wood…called Scrapile. If you’re looking for ideas…or ways to use your scrap or the scrap of others, visit their website. They’re selling their product for real money…and they’re using woodwaste that would otherwise be tossed. Great idea. Saving the resources of our planet is certainly an additional reason to build useful and beautiful things from wood. And they’ve created some unique designs. Three cheers for recycling and those who do.
In a way it’s like my own story.
This summer I acquired a 10 foot maple tree trunk and another 3 foot crotch from an 85 year old man who knew the wood could be used for useful and beautiful creations. Acquiring this tree trunk just reminded how important it is not to waste things. Calling around to several tree surgeons I found that most hardwood trees are just chipped up into nothingness. What a waste of a valuable resource! So it gave me an idea to place an advertisement on another internet website. I got an answer from my first ad…several in fact…but nothing wooden at this point. So I’m trying it again…and I’ve also written to my state’s department forestry and resources.
The wood I’ve harvested in this last year won’t be useable because of air drying until at least 2 years down the road. But what about the years ahead when I’ll want to make more projects.
For those who seek wood like I seek wood, I’ve written an advertisement for my own attempts to secure sources of wood…and I thought I’d share it:
”Don’t have a tree surgeon waste your hardwood tree by chipping it into landfill.
Looking for hardwood trees (maple, linden, walnut, American elm, among others) fruitwood trees (apple, pear, cherry, peach, others) that need to be removed. To be harvested and used by western South Dakota woodworker/hobbyist. I remove all limbs, branches, trunk, etc, from your property. No charge to landowner…I just want the hardwood. Or have your tree surgeon who is taking down your hardwood tree to save the trunk intact for me to remove…I’ll gladly haul it away in my own trailer. It will be used…not wasted…to make useful and beautiful items from wood.”
If you have suggestions how to improve this ad let me know. I don’t really want to compete with qualified tree surgeons…but I can’t stand to hear that beautiful wood is going to waste.
So this is posted in one place on the internet. I don’t expect too many results…but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying. And I’m trying to think of other places it might be posted.
I’ve seen some pictures of shops on this website where woodworkers have stacks of hardwood drying in their facilities. While I’m blessed with lots of soft pine, hardwoods aren’t easily found…especially for the right price. So I’m forced into a resource-full search. Good luck on yours.
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