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I wrestled these two hardwood beams from a skip bin not too far from my house and carted them home on the roof of the trusty Subaru. A note here that if you ever decide to dabble in the high art of scavenging recyclable materials, I highly recommend acquiring a clapped out Subaru wagon with Rhino roof racks. There is not much I have not been able to easily shift around with this.

 

These beams were deceptively and enormously heavy and old by Aussi building standards. Coming from a renno of a big old Newtown terrace. I could guess that this is Eucalyptus that was hundreds of years old when it was cut and that was probably around 140 years ago. So lets say the tree this timber is from was a germinating seed around 300 years ago!!!!

 

Once home I determined the choice cuts to chop the beams down to more manageable size. The scraps made exceptional firewood for the BBQ. Then there was all the knocking off of trimming timber, sanding, de-nailing and so on just to get down to the great colour and character of this timber. The legs were cut out of the beam and the rest of the process of becoming a bench is apparent in the pictures. Basically I embarked on a bit of rebating and used a found broom handle to do the doweling to pin all the bits together. Another broom handle forms the red bracing detail under the seat. And a scrap bit of timber was used to fill a rebate on the surface where it is stamped.

 

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These laminated beam off cuts were pulled out of a skip bin over a year ago. I trimmed them to size sanded them, stamped them, gave them multiple coats of varnish and spray-painted one side and then waited a long time to find some metal plate in the street. Then was ready to cut the base plates with a grinder to this aeroplane tail shape and add some paint detail. I used a router to countersink the plates for a flush base and screw fixed them from underneath. This is a great example of the importance of the ingredient of time in the Salt and Wood manufacturing process. And the need to have a little storage space to hold odd bits until the parts become unified.

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As a result of becoming a Master Bangle Engineer (MBE) I was left with a plethora of wooden centre discs. I gathered the densest of these and glued them onto each other and after much fiddly sanding, putty filling (some of the planks had grooves under them as they were floorboards, putty filling these created great fluid forms on the discs side), spray painting, stamping and varnishing I ended up with this selection of LP record weights. An LP centre weight is a much-touted item amongst audiophile types that is purported to flatten out warps in the LP, minimize vibration and even add to tonal qualities. All I know is that these ones look cool going round and round!

 

 

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A friend donated 4 old Oak table legs from a cache that had been lingering under his mum’s house. You can see the great colour that was revealed from sanding the surfaces of this one leg back. Followed by some trimming of the ends to set the standing angle and sliding of a segment forward to form the rest ledge. I glued the main body pieces then drilled a big hole up from the base and hammered a big dowel pinning the whole thing together vertically. The LP record impression in the upper face was done with various drill bits. And the finger lift hole in the upper rear was core drilled and a stamped disc inserted. Some street found quarter dowel and bits of ply finished off the base platform and rear brush screen.

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 Recycled timber bangles. This third run (refer ITEM 92 and 94) was a commission and differs from the previous efforts in that they are cut out of a single thick plank of extremely dense and heavy hardwood that I found outside a warehouse in Newtown.

 

Recycled timber bangles. This second run (refer ITEM 92) was as above but managed to incorporate some more contrasting timbers. And varnished the end product instead of oil.

 

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Recycled timber bangles. Inspired by a wooden bangle gift that my wife received (not from me) I couldn’t resist seeing what variations of this idea I could produce from found timber scraps. Basically I gathered various planks like bits of maple and plywood and then glued them on top of each other to thicken the medium. Then using 2 differing core drill bits simply cut out the outer circle then the hole. Then went a bit crazy with a belt sander and some spray paints. You can see I also pressure stamped them ‘SW’ and then rubbed olive oil into the finished pieces to bring out the grain.

 

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