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Racine man turns old into new to help Habitat for Humanity

Habitat For Humanity volunteer Dan Mundell shows off the piano bar he created at Habitat ReStore, 2300 DeKoven Ave. Mundell has made a half-dozen creations out of donated items for ReStore. GREGORY SHAVER, gregory.shaver@journaltimes.com

So far, Mundell has assembled a half dozen creations for ReStore, including a recent re-imagining of a bar using the pieces an old, donated piano. “I’m just doing this for the fun of it,” Mundell said. “I have never sold anything for myself. The things I do are for my family and the ReStore. It’s great fun to make these things and I get a lot of satisfaction in knowing that I’m helping out how I can.”

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Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build

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MATERIALS: Piano keys reclaimed from early 20th Century piano. Bulbs: 3 x 1 ft incandescent display bulbs.

Stroudfoot’s full-service workshop and design studio is located in Liberty Village in downtown Toronto. Clients are invited to tour its studio to view Stroudfoot’s inventory of reclaimed raw materials, an inventory replenished through regular sourcing around Ontario and the NE United States. From antique woods to one-off vintage pieces, the workshop and design studio is at the heart of Stroudfoot.

via Reclaimed Piano Chandelier – Gallery: Lighting and Wall Treatments 1 – Stroudfoot Design…Sleek Decay…Furnishings & Lighting…Custom, Turn-Key…Design-Build.

Recycling becomes upcycling as Derbyshire charity turns old furniture into new chic items | Derby Telegraph

Anneliese Bates with a bar created from an old piano.

Encore Reuse operates from Henmore Trading Estate, in Mayfield Road, and recycles old furniture, stopping it from going to landfill or from being dumped.

Good-quality furniture and household goods, which are donated, are sold in the warehouse.

But the charity makes itself sustainable by running an upcycling shop, located within the premises, called Vintage Green.

via Recycling becomes upcycling as Derbyshire charity turns old furniture into new chic items | Derby Telegraph.

The Piano Gal: Upcycled Piano Creations – by Michaela


Marta Hansen’s journey from being a public school music educator to innovative small business owner is quite the story. She received her degree from UW Madison in music education and taught elementary and middle school students outside of Dallas, Texas for many years. Upon returning to her native Wisconsin Marta began teaching herself the disappearing craft of tuning pianos. She perfected her trade by shadowing retiring tuners, self-study, and endless practice. The Piano Gal began receiving old unsalvageable pianos and parts from various clients. Not knowing what to do with her accumulated pieces, suddenly it all became clear with a Pinterest post of a piano-turned-desk. This crafty lady got straight to work, turning her garage into a thriving workshop and thus began the journey of saving pianos from landfills, one at a time.


Her new shop nestled on the cozy Main Street in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin opened in November and boasts pitch-perfect pianos, sheet music and a beautiful array of repurposed pieces. In The Piano Gal Shop, keys splay out as vast clocks, teardrop hammers dangle from necklaces, and a hollowed harpsichord hangs on the wall as a stunning bookcase. Her self-driven nature manifested into high quality craftsmanship as seen in the many items in her shop. Sitting at a gorgeous harpsichord coffee table she passionately tells me her favorite pieces to create are the vanities, bookshelves, and other larger furniture because she gets to break out the power tools and innovate. She adds that clocks seem to be her current obsession and I know I would love to have her latest work with gold hands pointing to circling hammers. While touring her workshop in the back of her store she explained that the treble strings, wooden action parts, and pedals seem to be the hardest parts to use, but that does not seem to slow her down. I was also introduced to Betty her 1931 McPhail baby grand piano that she is in the process of restoring to bring it back to its original glory. Surrounding Betty were keys, hammers, and piano skeletons that even had me itching to create.

3Marta’s main goal is to harvest the piano, as her husband puts it. Her plethora of pieces show she is not having trouble coming up with something for every part. When she hits a snag she calls on local artist and good friend, Carrie Castree, to come up with something new like her sheet music roses made with stems from those tricky action parts. Through a mix of donated and thrifted sheet music, vintage A-tude magazines, all those piano parts and plenty of ingenuity, these artists are creating some remarkable pieces.


Marta’s first goal is to save any piano for its original form to be enjoyed in the living room for decades to come. However, if you come see her face light up as she talks about the store’s items it is apparent that she gets great satisfaction seeing each piece become something new and circumventing the trash pile. Craftsladies like these are a great asset to any neighborhood and we are happy to have her in town. If you cannot visit her brick and mortar shop check out her Etsy and help her save the pianos!

Contact info: Marta Hansen
395 E. Main Street Sun Prairie, WI 53590






Piano Staircase | kilometer zero running eye blog

For one thing it is remarkable to discover, through the process of reverse construction, how much craft and skill goes into making even the most humble piano. The solid maple frame is fleshed out with boards of poplar or birch under a dark swirling skin of walnut or mahogany veneer. Hard, curved beach limbs form the pinblock to space the strings over the thin, flat straight-grained soundboard of Sitka spruce. Metatarsals of hornbeam connect felted hammers through an intricate arrangement of joints and pivots to long fingers of basswood coated with wafer thin slices of white bone ivory and in the gaps between these teeth, black ebony wood.

via Piano Staircase | kilometer zero running eye blog.