Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo has become famous for his uncanny depictions of animals—those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. While scale often plays a large role in his outdoor wall-mounted street pieces, the artist also created considerably smaller assemblages attached to old doors, siding, and windowpanes.
Made out of 50+ year old reclaimed wood, this is surely going to be a story to tell in your studio. Beautifully aged, albeit rustic looking, these racks perfectly fit that modern/electronic feel of your studio. Wood’s warm nature and unique features are sure to inspire your creative spirit.
Source: Studio racks reclaimed wood.
Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors.
However, during the Great Depression, maintaining the cemetery and the headstones suffered because of scant funding. The city decided to cut the tombstones in half and lay the top halves, which were engraved with the soldiers’ details, on the ground so they no longer stood erect. These makeshift flat graves saved money on mowing and maintenance costs. The bottom halves of 2,200 slain tombstones were then sold for the princely sum of $45. Their new owner, Oswald Young, used them to build his house, chimney, and walkway…
These recycled buildings, offered for sale out of Luling, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston), are built of recycled materials, based on traditional designs. They have instant soul. This is a wonderful body of work by builder Brad Kittel.
Our buildings are 99 percent pure salvage. Everything — doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding — has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.
How To Make A Reclaimed Barn Wood Sign John Malecki
Topped by recycled fir baseboards from Jimi Hendrix’ childhood home, this guitar made by luthier Reuben Forsland also has nails and wiring from the home inlaid in all of its fret markers. The “story” guitar is a collaboration between Forsland and Kevin Hennig of Symphontree Music in Sandspit. (Kevin Hennig/Symphontree Music)
Handmade by Reuben Forsland, a Métis luthier in Comox, its soundboard is made from the fir baseboards of Hendrix’ bedroom. Inside the silver fret markers are wires and nails from the home. For the rosette, the decorative trim around the soundhole, Forsland inlaid bits of paint from the Hendrix home floor, encased in 150 pieces of ebony. “That’s what this guy does, all the time,” says Kevin Hennig, owner of SymphonTree Music, a specialized guitar shop based in Sandspit.
Photos by Matt Faisetty for Provenance
Provenance’s new line of desk lamps were created out of old X-ray head lamps. $400.
Its line of desk lamps, created by melding vintage X-ray reflectors with new bases, soon followed. The next step is setting up a showroom within Provenance’s already massive warehouse, so that shoppers can see the furniture and lighting fixtures on display.
One hope is that the new lines of furniture and lighting will help make trips to Provenance a little less, well, overwhelming. Says Lash, “For a lot of people, when they come here the first time, they look at stuff and say, ‘How do I use it?’ Now, we hope they come back and say, ‘Okay, this could work in my home.’”
Rejuvenation was founded to help customers restoring old houses, but most today spurn interiors that reference a single period or style. “We decided to help people live eclectically,” explains Alex Bellos, a West Elm veteran who is now senior vice president and general manager. “Designers are looking for unique pieces with a story behind them, and we have things they can build a room around.”
Source: Rejuvenation Opens NYC Store
Aged Maple and Pine Salvaged from Floor of Old Detroit Landmark Inspires
Twelve One of a Kind, Timeless Instruments
The first guitars released from the firehouse wood will be a pair made of pine and featuring a brand new offset body shaped, designed by Wallace Detroit Guitars. Eye-catching and comfortable to wear, the smoothly rounded dual ‘horns’ cut a classic profile on-stage or in the studio. “Pine is a lighter, softer wood with more air inside of it as compared to common guitar lumbers like ash or poplar,” says Wallace. “That allows it to resonate a bit more for a nice prolonged tone.” Pine has only begun to see wide use in guitar making within the last ten years, so these guitars present a unique opportunity to own a pine guitar with the sound and feel of vintage wood.
Four neoclassical columns salvaged from the facade of the former First National Bank on Main Street will reappear later this year as features of a small waterfront park at the south end of Mill Street.
Jaime Walton creates woodwork at his workshop in Railroad Square. (Photo: Jaime Walton)
Today at age 51, Walton can’t imagine himself in any other line of work and believes in interrupting the waste stream to landfills by placing discarded items back into mainstream use. In Albany, he would purchase items from salvage yards, auctions, and estates, but since arriving in Tallahassee has received many donations. He also creates with found objects, like an abandoned railroad tie whose sculptural qualities allow Walton to see it as a future fireplace mantle or bookshelf.
Stepped up participation in the circular economy by working with entrepreneurs to convert solid waste items destined for landfills into new products.
Isabel Ordonez Pizarro, an expert on how yo reuse materials from trash. Credit: Chalmers University of Technology
“In general, I think that people who are interested in circular economy or material recirculation will find my work useful. But I still think that it’s much work left to do. I would like to establish material recirculation hubs in urban areas, where local producers, secondary material providers, waste managers and makers can meet and create new ways of collaborating to enable material recovery. I also find it interesting to develop more efficient, decentralized waste management solutions and I believe that it would help users to sort their waste better,” Isabel says.
Aaron Beatrice & Serge Biryukov, Sons of Salvage.
The duo, friends since elementary school in Terra Linda and now in their early thirties, have stumbled upon a crowd pleasing business making unusual and one-of-a-kind wooden furniture for restaurants and other businesses. “We have been artsy and artistic and did different things with our hands. We got into woodworking by necessity,” Beatrice said. “We did not have any money to furnish our apartments so we had to make the furniture. We put photos of the things we made on Instagram and then people started ordering the furniture and we started our business.”
We need your help to finish building out our shop in its new location. We share building space with Refab STL, an amazing non-profit providing skills training to former combat veterans by deconstructing old buildings in and around St. Louis. These materials are then processed and stored for resale in the historic 40,000 square foot building along Route 66, which houses Citizen Carpentry’s new workshop. Citizen Carpentry aims to be the first worker-owned woodworking co-operative of its kind in the Midwest, encouraging community members, artists, and entrepreneurs to utilize our shop for their work. We have the chance to be a hub of creative revitalization, recycling, and skill-sharing in a city sorely lacking in opportunities.
New Zealand-based artist Louise McRae works with pieces of discarded wood that are hand-split into small fragments and then carefully reassembled into intricate wall sculptures.
Set in an apartment in a newly remodeled early 19th-century house in the center of Bergamo, the kitchen is built largely from salvaged scaffolding wood with a dramatic back wall of iron sheeting that wraps around the range hood.
For 20 years now, Italy-based German interior designer and furniture maker Katrin Arens has been finding fresh uses for discarded wood. She’s still on the vanguard of the reclaimed movement: “I love reusing wood to make things that will last,” she tells us. “I aim for designs that are simple and clean without being cold.”
This MULTIPURPOSE wood art can function as a serving tray and/or wall art and/or art display and/or table runner.
The structure is one of a kind and has garnered attention all over the world. Even though the library isn’t too big, it stands for something huge, sustainability. Every year tons of plastic waste is accumulated and is clogging waterways and destroying beaches all over the globe. The idea, that we could use this material to actually make something creative and useful is quite amazing.
Peter Martin, carpenter, Sandtown Millworks, sands a large piece of wood salvaged in Baltimore. The reclaimed wood is used to make furniture. Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun
When Bolster started renovating rowhouses 20 years ago, he noticed that very few people in the industry saved the wood they pulled out of the homes. “It all ended up in landfills,” he said. “I started saving some of the wood because the character of it was so much more fantastic than new wood.” Some of the first creations to come from Bolster’s shop were made of wood salvaged from houses in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood — hence the name. “Many of our designs are driven by the wood dimensions we pulled from those rowhouses,” he said. During the past couple of years, Bolster said, his furniture business has snowballed, rivaling his renovation company.
Fugitive Glue has made a variety of items from light fixtures, to stools, to an art installation in 2012. (Samson Wong)
“[It’s] where we isolate a waste stream, collect batches of that base material, come up with a design and create products,” says Jano Badovinac, 39, the mastermind behind the six-year-old company. In this case, “We’d collect propane tanks from decommissioning stations, clean them, cut them down, weld them into something.”
He still uses reclaimed wood from shuttered bowling alleys and steel from old industrial buildings that are being torn down, continuing to live up to CounterEvolution’s mission statement:
To design, build, and sell quality products that realize the highest potential of reclaimed materials with the ultimate goal of bringing functional art, thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, into your home or business.
Dawn Backers and dad, Dan Klimesh, own NEI Architectural Salvage & Skräp Work. The duo will be at Junkstock this weekend.
“He has taught me everything from the different woods and architectural elements we salvage to using the tools in the shop,” she said. “It’s been an exciting adventure and I feel like I am always learning something new. Dad is always supporting me in my ideas and dreams of what I can create next.”
Here at the Reclamation Administration we give credit and link back to the original sources to all our posts if we can. In the case of this engine block wine rack, we could not find the origin of this awesome project. If you made this – we would love to know who you are! Please contact us.
Part: Engine Block
german furniture studio unibro design takes automotive parts and tools to create unique pieces with a story.
Mustang floor lamp
David Kelvin and his fiancee Keshia Brushett are owners of Urban Designs, a company that uses old and unwanted wood to make custom-made furniture. (Samantha Lui/CBC )
“A lot of people are just interested in what we do and what we’re going to do with the wood,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who want their barns down and they don’t have the money or time to take care of it. For them, it’s a favour. We get something out of it and they get something out of it.”
Carpenter Brian Skinner of Washougal, Washington, took 14 years to build a Craftsman-style house from salvaged wood, stained glass and other elements from the 1900s or earlier. Janet Eastman/The Oregonian
“I love the dignity of clear, vertical grain Doug fir and cedar. It’s quiet,” he says. “You put a varnish on it and it looks like it was dipped in honey.” Skinner, a second-generation carpenter, could have created a museum to display the architectural pieces he rescued from grand residences that were being torn down in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead, he saved the pieces and decades later, built a home for himself.
737 COWLING CHAIR AIRCRAFT PART: BOEING 737 ENGINE COWLING. Created from the engine cowling of an Boeing 737, this colossal, luxurious chair, spins weightlessly, on its highly polished spun aluminium base. Stood in its original orientation, this immense, captivating structure, is the opitome of luxury seating.
A 1948 bus front dispenses beer at Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Roanoke, Va. (Photo: Black Dog Salvage)
“It requires lots of imagination,” Whiteside says. “I’ve never run across anything I couldn’t figure out how to reuse for another purpose.”
Built in 1978, the 2,400-square-foot house was the brainchild of Francisco Reynders, a Dutch artist, set designer, and mime who trained under the legendary French mime Marcel Marceau. According to Oregon Live, Reynders was inspired to build the home after finding discarded gun turret shrouds of an WWII aircraft carrier at a junkyard on the Willamette River. Reynders, no fan of regular boxy houses with sharp angles, set out to the create his “organically sensuous” dome home, and the shrouds ended up becoming the two smaller bedrooms and bathrooms—the holes for the warship’s cannons became the skylights.
While many governments and civilians may be fine with dumping those booths at the landfill, artist Martin Angelov shows that outdated structures can be given new life with just a bit of creative elbow grease. Angelov transformed parts of an old telephone booth into a chair in a project described as “a protest against hundreds of abandoned telephone booths in the era of mobile communications.”
The idea originated with artist and environmentalist Jo Hanson. After creating her own art with trash and assisting with campaigns such as city-wide street sweepings, in the late 1980s Hanson approached Recology about a program where artists could reuse materials from the dump. At around the same time, San Francisco was implementing new recycling laws, and looking for ways to raise awareness about waste. The artist-in-residence program fit that bill.
This abandoned vintage tractor was rescued from an empty field and magnificently repurposed into a table bar with an elegant glass top, giving it a second and useful long life. Curated by an out-of-the-box thinker and creative type who envisions masterpieces when others only see trash, this special and unique design is for the discerning individual who is not into the mass-produced, cookie-cutter look and wants to ensure that there is nothing common about any of their home furnishings. It comes equipped with two color-complimented bar stools.
“You know, and one of the most important ones is creating jobs, especially here in Detroit, and deconstruction puts ten times as many people to work and that is just on the physical act of deconstructing,” Willer said. “Once we get our hands on it, we create more jobs by adding value to the materials by turning it into furniture.” “We put a stamp on the bottom of each table and it identifies the house in Detroit where the lumber was reclaimed from, so in a sense when you are buying a table, you are getting a piece of Detroit history,” Borsay said.
Columbia Mammoth Skeleton for Moses Lake Museum and Art Center. I was commissioned by Pacific Studio to create a life-sized Columbia Mammoth skeleton for the new Moses Lake Museum and Art Center in Washington. The resulting sculpture is made from 95% recycled materilas, mostly old farm equipment and agricultural tools.
TING’s luxury leather flooring re-works vintage leather belts to create a beautiful, glossy and hardwearing surface. Available by the square foot, the subtly patterned attractive material is also suitable for walls, table tops and feature areas, as well as floors.
Ting has gone to a great deal of effort to search out existing materials to create new products like your tiles. If one day in the very distant future you have no further use for your tiles, please do not discard them. Ting will be happy to take your tiles back and recycle them.
Source: Flooring | Ting
The Spoke sushi roller by Kegan McCurdy recycles old stainless steel wheel spokes and turns them into a sushi roller.
Source: Reuse in Design | Yanko Design
This unique rustic heart is designed and made by hand in our shop using reclaimed wood. The boards are chosen individually, then each carefully hand painted and sanded to create a the visual appeal of vintage texture and color.
As the folks around here joke, this cartoon-inspired credenza is “perfect for getting the full effect from watching Flintstones reruns.”
The latest salvage wood designs – particularly by Canadian exhibitors – amplify rugged wood finishes by juxtaposing them with materials such as glass and metal. Local studio Fuel Glassworks’ Floe end tables, for example, feature a blackened wood beam with a polished-glass top, while Honing Design’s Hagensborg Bench is made of reclaimed red cedar accented with stainless steel. The company 1925 Workbench, meanwhile, is showing reclaimed barn-board sliding doors with hardware made by hand in the designer’s studio.
Industrial lighting made from glass and steel providing style while adding a modern presence to your kitchen, office or restaurant.
Wire Coil Glass Toroid Pendant Light™ 580 Lumen LED dimming
Inspired by Tesla’s Induction Coil Transformer featuring a toroid (cylinder) made from a wine bottle shade hand wrapped with reflective metal wire winding.
The suspended 580 Lumen LED bulb beams, reflects and shimmers off the wire strands beaming through the glass shade with a focused task light at the bottom of the cylinder to deliver plenty of light to a table or counter. A warm reflective glow spills out of the top.
All Railroadware fixtures are made in the USA meeting all NEC Standards and can be tested & UL labeled if needed for an additional cost. The pendant comes ready to hang with instructions, canopy, hardware and LED bulb.
Inquire about our 12V LED Monopoint fixture systems that are UL Listed. This fixture works on a variety of monorail track light series – WAC, H, J & L (See additional lights & accessories for additional options)
APPLICATION: Kitchen Island, hallway, living room, dining room, coffee bar, restaurant, foyer, lobby, bedroom…
Customers & friends will notice and appreciate the optical performance & origins of these fixtures.
Includes: (ready to hang,
+ Metal coil glass shade 3″ dia. 6″ tall. Total fixture measures 7″ tall with cord grip.
+ Brass hardware ring inside glass toroid shade.
+ Cord – 60″ adj. 3 wire cord (white & black) additional length available
+ Base – Candelabra base porcelain socket set
+ LED Bulb – 120V 6W 580 Lumens/ 60W equal, 360 degree, 2700K warm white, No UV no IR
+ Canopy – Metal 5″ ceiling canopy, cross bar with two screws and an adjustable cord grip. (white, black & metal)
Weight: 3 LBS
Box Size: 6x6x8
Shipping: 2-4 weeks
On a standard-sized lot in Portland, Oregon, self-taught builders Jeff and Brad built two tiny cottages using mostly salvaged materials. Each home is 364 square feet and with gabled roofs and front porches match the Victorian and Craftsman homes of the neighborhood, until you look closely.
Elegant and graceful, this spiraling piece invites the eye to play. Made of reclaimed buckthorn (an invasive species in our area) with ash accents, this mosaic-like piece measures 14 1/2 inches tall by a whopping 40 1/4 inches long in its frame. This piece is wired to hang vertically or horizontally, and cannot wait to grace your space. Both the buckthorn and the ash are sourced from in and around Chicagoland.
Michael Buck relied on pre-used, natural, reclaimed and mostly biodegradable materials, building his structure with earth, sand, clay, water and straw – a prehistoric method called Cob. He’s self-taught and drew up the plans himself. The floorboards came from a neighbor, the windows from an old van, the sheep wool used for insulation from a local farm, as did the cow dung. The straw was sourced from nearby fields and the clay from the building site in his garden itself.
I discovered that I like finding value in seemingly insignificant things. If I could impress upon anyone one thing, it would be that things can change to be something different. Something better. Nothing has to stay insignificant.
This bench, near Eiko’s Restaurant on First Street, is one eight benches that are being installed in downtown Napa. They are made by artist Eric Powell from recycled cast iron bookends from the Goodman Library. PHOTO J.L. Sousa/Register
The benches were made by Berkeley artist Eric Powell using decorative cast-iron bookends originally made for Napa’s Goodman Library on First Street at its 1902 opening. The bottom portions are made from eucalyptus robusta, an Australian hardwood prized for its durability and rot resistance.
“The response from business owners and the public has been very positive,” said city Planning Manager Ken MacNab. “The benches are unique and distinctive and are a great addition to the downtown streetscape.”
Steve Shelton from the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh stands in front of paneling of reused woods built by his students.
Project RE, is a social enterprise in which trainees and apprentices in the building trades work alongside budding architects making prototypes and products with reclaimed materials in the back of Construction Junction at 214 N. Lexington St. in North Point Breeze. (The RE stands for reuse materials, rebuild communities, restore lives.)
Mr. Shelton, founder of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, calls it “a think tank with tools.”
Project RE accumulated $2.3 million in grants from four foundations and Ford Motor Co. support to build a mobile fabrication lab, which is used in the wood shop and as an educational tool in neighborhoods.