Amazing coffee table made from repurposed wood by the boys over at Vancouver Urban Timberworks. These guys have a pretty rad business model, you can read more about them here on the premier issue of LATER.mag
Setting up the Mutts & Co. Variety Store today. Check out the custom wood fixture made by Jamie Miller out of an old barn. Lots more in store for y’all, come and check us out.
Check out this amazing repurposed wood coffee table made by Toronto artist Kellen Hatanaka!
Looking for unique and affordable repurposed wood in Toronto, look no further because local designer Jamie Miller has got something for you! If you had a chance to come by our Spring pop up shop (aka Mutts & Co. Traveling Market) they you got to see some of Jamie’s repurposed wood furniture and displays. She has everything from aged barn doors (as show in the photo above) to apple baskets and side tables.
To see more of her Real-cycled Materials Metal & Wood please email Jamie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to make a #DIY terrarium to put inside your recycled glass Obelisk
Björn Holm a design student in Finland, got his first skateboard at the age of 10. Since then he has broken many decks and proceeded to hold on to them over time. For a project at school he decided to repurpose his collection of old skateboards and make them into a new surfboard.
Holm has named the board “Reto” which both means “broken” in the dialect of the Swedish part of Finland, where he is from, and stands for REcycle for TOmorrow.
Thanks to treehugger for this!
DIY: Homemade Chicken Coop made with Beer Can Shingles
Need an excuse to slam back some brews and feel like a man by building some shit?
The coop is made up of two 4’ by 8’ pallets, a salvaged tin roof purchased at a flea market, assorted lumber, and shingles made from empty beer cans. Matt bought the chicken wire and the latches for the gates, and spent less than $40 on the whole shebang, which he built in less than ten hours.
Way to go Matt, head over to treehugger to read more about his project.
This is a pretty inspiring story of a repurposed/salvaged designer named Ariele Alasko from Brooklyn who drove across the US in a 16 foot truck and stopping at abandoned, diners, farms, junk stores and other decrepit places along the way. After the trip she ended up in California with a truck of old materials to build a restaurant entirely from scratch.
Over six months she built everything herself from lamp fixtures, cutlery drawers, tables, and more. Check out her blog Brooklyn to West to see more of her work.
#DIY: Pallet Furniture
We just discovered the East London Furniture company that makes all of their products from 100% recycled materials, right in the heart of London’s East End.
All of the wood and other materials they use are made from salvaged waste, meaning that these materials have been saved from a life in a landfill!
To see more of their products, and to check out the editorial that was shot with their Hi Stools in i-D magazine head over to their blog.
We also took a crack at repurposing old wood, check out our post on how to build your own compost.
Rustic DIY mansion porn in WAPITI VALLEY, Wyoming.
This five-story house was built single-handily over a span of twelve years, without the use of any blueprints. Today the mansion sits empty as the man who built this incredible building, Mr. Smith, fell to his death in 1992 from one of the top balconies.
‘The rambling log structure, with its undulating staircases, umpteen balconies and fun-house warren of half-finished rooms, has for nearly 30 years loomed over the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, inspiring stories.’
‘The house’s frame is made from fire-damaged lodgepole pine Mr. Smith cleared from nearby Rattlesnake Mountain after a wildfire, dragging each pole by hand to a horse trailer, then carting them up to the house. Other materials he gleaned like a magpie: wood flooring from a high school gymnasium still sits in the house, awaiting the next project; haunting metal skeletons, Dali-esque contraptions made of scraps, are scattered about. One, a misshapen cage, was for laundry.’
Thanks to Erie Basin for this.
(Source: The New York Times)
Sneak peek of our new repurposed wood frames + original drawings.
Coming soon to our holiday pop up shop!
(Taken with Instagram at mutt hut)
#DIY: Build a compost from scrap wood.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Why don’t you try building your own compost! We built two composts one for the cottage (shown in the photos) and one for our studio in the city. We are now composting everything from coffee grinds and veggies to our scrap fabric (natural fibres only)!
1. Find some old wood. We used an old set of stairs that we found in the woods.
2. Dismantle the stairs with a chainsaw, sludge hammer or hand saw. We used all three!
4. Figure out the dimensions you want your compost to be. Ours is 4’ x 4’ and 4’ high. This size will most likely provide you with enough space to compost all organic food scraps for a year (if not you can always start another one).
5.Once you have your dimensions start by making one of four sides. You will need a top and a bottom plank going horizontally and about four boards (spaced evenly) going vertically each about 20cm in width.
6. Repeat step 5 until you have four sides to your composter.
Note: it is good to have lots of gaps/holes in the sides of your composter so that there is lots of air flow and and room for bugs/worms to come and go as they please. However, you do not what your gaps to be large enough that pesky vermin can get at you rotting food. Once raccoons, rats and even stray dogs know where they can find a fresh supply of food scraps they are likely to stick around.
7. In order to avoid unwanted critters fill the gaps that are too large with fallen branches. This is also give your composter a more natural look.
8. Place your composter in a spot that is easily accessible but not too close to the house that flies and bugs will wander inside. Ideally you want it to be in a sunny area, as the heat will speed up the composting process.
9. Lastly, fill your composter with any uncooked organic matter. It is best to have an equal Nitrogen (fresh vegetable scraps) to carbon (dead leaves) balance. After about a year or two you will have fresh organic soil for your garden!
TO Stores with locally made, repurposed furniture: Conscious furniture designers know you don’t have to axe a living tree to make a table. Some of the best wood around can be repurposed from old barns, piers, warehouses, houses, bleechers and bowling alleys… you name it! Forever Interiors (in the Junction) owner Martin Scott salvages the wooden skeletons from old churches and renoed houses within five kilomoters of his store to make incredible tables. He converts old doors into beautiful cabinets, kitchen islands or blackboards. Scott even makes use of his leftovers by making patchwork block tables.
MADE (on Dundas West) offers a different take on found pieces. They work with high profile designers like the Brothers Dressler and house everything from spliced metal jewelry to restored vintage chairs. Many of the chairs are restored by recovering the fabric and restoring with new legs made from fallen branches or driftwood.
Lubo (also situated on Dundas West) crafts furniture from demolished buildings and barns. Remember the cedar pier that lined Toronto’s orginal shoreline (which was dug up to construct condo’s)? Well, Lubo’s staff has made stools from heritage wood. They even made benches from the John Abell factory that was, you guessed it, torn down for more condos.
Other sources include Salvage Interiors, Canadian Salvaged Timber, or Urban Tree Salvage which uses trees cut down from right here in the GTA. As well, there’s cityandnorth.com, which makes more affordable custome stuff, and loft dweller fave Hardware Interiors in Leslieville. Or Post and Beam, which focuses on architectural reclamation.
Read more of the article online at Now Mag.