I looked initially to locally harvested Western Walnut. A Portland based company mills the material into both timber and veneer form — convenient for a design that uses both. With a figure and color a bit more appealing in my estimation than the more common Eastern Walnut, this material has a stunning character full of depth and color.
The 164-metre-long Modern Express, which was transporting 3600 tonnes of wood along with construction machinery from Gabon to France, has been drifting “towards the coast since its crew was evacuated by helicopter last week.
Domestic interiors are becoming rougher around the edges, too. London architectural salvage and interior design group Retrouvius works on interiors projects with budgets ranging from £150,000 to £2m. “People are looking for a raw and more organic style,” says Retrouvius co-founder and designer Maria Speake. “It’s a trend among affluent, well-travelled, cosmopolitan clients. It’s not about rustic — it’s more sophisticated than that — but there’s a craving for simplicity and a sense of the handmade.”
Six buildings that are part of the former Wilson Brothers Shirt Co. factory — located along Sample Street, a block west of Chapin Street — are being deconstructed. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ
There’s a strong market for those materials, too.
For example, the Wilson complex — like many other factories its age — is a repository of old-growth timbers that have become extremely rare. The hard maple flooring and heart-pine support beams inside the buildings were cut from trees that had been growing for hundreds of years. Old factories are some of the last places where such wood can be found.
This little item created with reclaimed wood would add a whole other dimension to your morning coffee experience.
I wonder which single origin bean would pair with Victorian or Craftsman?
According to the designers, the wood will ‘remember’ your choice of coffee. “Overtime the coffee oils of your specific beans and roast will be absorbed into the wood and be a part of your morning coffee experience. Teach type of wood is matched with different beans and roasts from around the world. We encourage brewing single origin beans in the Canadianos.”
It took 45 tons of recycled steel and wood to put this beast together. Overall, the elephant is about 39 feet high and 26 feet wide. It was meant to be an approximate replica of The Sultan’s Elephant, a huge elephant sculpture created for the traveling French public art show of the same name.
According to Neal deGrasse Tyson, we are “the stuff of stars”. Specifically, “the atoms of our bodies are traceable to the stars that manufactured them…we are biologically connected to every living thing in the world.” Therefore, we are also the stuff of trees, and they of us. This connection both simplifies the truth and complicates the story of wood reuse and recycling. The truth is that all wood is 100 percent recycled material. That is the nature of renewable materials. It’s in the definition. If you put trees in a closed environment, over time they will grow, live, die and re-grow again within that closed system; recycling themselves ad infinitum. The presence of other species, especially animals, aids this process. This closed system is called earth.
Construction and demolition debris wood that once helped make energy is, instead, taking up space in the landfill, where it will lie, indefinitely, until it decomposes.
“We suspended using that material, which, unfortunately, has caused some hardship to us and our suppliers,” said Sarah Boggess, a spokesperson for New York-based ReEnergy Holdings. “We’re hoping circumstances will change.”
The plants stopped using demolition debris wood because of the June 5 enactment of changes to rules in Connecticut on renewable energy credits, according to Boggess and Greg Leahey, senior vice president of asset management for ReEnergy.
The changes, she said, mean energy produced with construction and demolition wood no longer qualifies for class 1 renewable energy credits. The firm had been selling renewable energy credits generated by its operations in Maine in the Connecticut renewable energy credits market.
ReEnergy’s Maine plants still are operating, but now they make electricity using only “green” biomass, such as brush and other forest material, which is still eligible for renewable energy credits.
Recovered wood, or wood salvaged from old barns, buildings, and other places, has become more valuable than ever. This wood is often used in many everyday products—from furniture making to home construction and renovation. Learn the basics of salvaging wood from a reclaimed wood specialist and give something old a new life.