This blog follows the themes of reusing materials, creating local opportunities, value adding to product and reducing our waste. All these can be had with minimum money investment and a regular time investment that would help us all move towards a society of zero waste.
I love wood. In all it’s forms. And I like to work with wood. In fact it is the prime material I use to build GeoStudios. I go through all kinds of materials in my shop that can be repurposed, wood is the most common. Too often, this material goes to the landfill which is not my preferred destination since I like to work in a “zero waste” environment. While a zero waste environment is not practical and sometimes not possible under existing circumstances, moving towards that goal is a step-at-a-time process.
So, I would love to reuse this wood but there’s only 24 hours in a day. I do have a few ideas on how this resource can be used short of using it as firewood - which is a great option but still not on top of my “best uses” list. My favourite use for this material would be to chip it and bury it in my backyard. In this way the wood acts as a type of “hugelkultur”. Check this 60 second video for an introduction... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zn3-DNWK80 Alas, I presently have no wood chipper so that option is non-existent.
Another issue is the plywood scraps - which I wouldn’t want in my hugelkultur anyways due to the use of glues in plywood. So I seek someone to pick up those plywood scraps and reuse them for their woodworking projects or business. From birdhouses to plant boxes to picture frames there is a myriad of household re-purpose items one can make. We are merely restricted by our imaginations.
If you have a wish to create something out of wood, the first thing you should do is set up the tooling for the task, then a workspace and then obtain the materials. I can take care of the last part and would be willing to work with anyone trying to implement the first two parts as well. Few things are as rewarding as learning a skill AND using that skill to make something beautiful. Or in the common vernacular, add value to product.
So if you or someone you know is interested in moving in this direction send them to me. Begin the journey!
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.