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How the furniture industry is embracing recycled materials – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Furniture companies are reaching for sustainability goals by using recycled materials and making their products more recyclable.

The furniture industry has also noticed this trend and has increased its part in using recycled plastics, woods and metals when creating its products.

Source: How the furniture industry is embracing recycled materials – Construction & Demolition Recycling

Electronics That Last: How I Built an Heirloom Laptop

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.

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Source: Electronics That Last: How I Built an Heirloom Laptop

The return of ‘raw’ materials in home design – FT.com

Dining room by Lionel Jadot, lioneljadot.com

Dining room by Lionel Jadot, lioneljadot.com

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.”

Source: The return of ‘raw’ materials in home design – FT.com

Urban Lumber plans to grow outward from Springfield | Business | Eugene, Oregon

“We’re used to big trees,” he said. “Some people don’t even know that walnut trees get that big.”

He also found ways to access material from old wooden buildings — and facilities like the University of Oregon’s old tennis courts — and even from the sea.

One stack of wood stored in his factory, waiting to be transformed, is from World War II cargo ships that had been deliberately sunk in Newport harbor after the war as part of a pier.

Seth San Filippo, owner of Urban Lumber, has moved into a new larger location in the old Booth Kelly Mill in Springfield. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)

via Urban Lumber plans to grow outward from Springfield | Business | Eugene, Oregon.

Old factory’s bricks, wood are saved. And that’s lucky for Notre Dame. – South Bend Tribune: Business

 

Brick, wood being save from South Bend factory

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.

via Old factory’s bricks, wood are saved. And that’s lucky for Notre Dame. – South Bend Tribune: Business.

 

Salvage Works – Portland, Oregon

Whew, we moved!
Our new address is 2024 N. Argyle St. Indoor wood warehouse!  Bigger shop and showroom! Three bathrooms! Now, if we could just get the phones working….

Salvage Works is a lumber yard and wood shop specializing in reclaimed lumber and barn wood from deconstructed houses and barns.

In addition to our full retail yard, we have a wood shop where our skilled craftsmen build beautiful furniture and fixtures for homes, restaurants and stores.

Located in the historic North Portland neighborhood of Kenton, visit us at:

2024 N. Argyle St.

Portland, OR 97217

via Salvage Works.

Minimalist Coffee: Elegant Single-Serving Brewing Device | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

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?

Minimalist Coffee Canadiano 1

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.”

Minimalist Coffee Canadiano 2

via Minimalist Coffee: Elegant Single-Serving Brewing Device | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.

Pachyderm Perfection: Recycled Robotic Elephant | Gadgets, Science & Technology

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.

via Pachyderm Perfection: Recycled Robotic Elephant | Gadgets, Science & Technology.

Dovetail Partners INC. – The Current State of Wood Reuse and Recycling in North America and Recommendations for Imporvements

A very smart person sent this to me today. I highly recommend taking a look – and not just because they quoted Neil deGrasse Tyson to kick off the report.

The Current State of Wood Reuse and Recycling in North America and Recommendations for Improvements.

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.

via Dovetail Partners INC..

Wood waste being buried, not turned to energy, at Augusta landfill | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME

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.

via Wood waste being buried, not turned to energy, at Augusta landfill | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME.

Repurpose Rustic Barn Wood – YouTube

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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.

via Repurpose Rustic Barn Wood – YouTube.