Part of what I do is find materials that would possibly end up in a landfill or bonfire and reuse them in my pieces. Old hardware on discarded furniture,pallets, deteriorating outbuildings, and scrap ends from local wood mills.
Recently one such adventure took me deep into downtown Smiths Falls. An area business called the Vineyard Winery, announced on their facebook page that they had shipping pallets to offer out for re-use. So, I loaded up the Rustic Benches trailer, and off I went to scout out the potential.
At the Chambers Street entrance, I was greeted by "Brody" the resident shnoofer, who sized me up immediately, and with that super-sensitive nose, he knew right away, that I too was a L.A.W.S. adopter and volunteer, and gave his woof of approval to shop operator, Eric.
Now, don't get me wrong, but, as I looked around the store, I realized that this recycle mission was also an excuse disguised as a reason to purchase some Spanish Cheeky Monkey wine while I was at it, but, I'm getting off topic.
Sure enough, there were five pallets, three of which had some nice clear maple and oak, perfectly aged. They were he-avy, and thankfully, Eric, was willing to assist, while introducing me to the benefits of the six week wine kit I was planning to purchase. Wine purchased, dog admired and pallets loaded, I was off to the studio to rip apart the pallets. These being of the exceptionally well constructed type, it wasn't long before I got out the ole trusty circular saw to cut out the salvageable parts, and after one pallet, I already had a great haul. I stopped at two pallets, and plan to do the third shortly. So herein lies the interesting part of this story....Stay tuned for what beauty will be made of the pallet beasts.!
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