Waste Stream

In the 90’s, when the government was busily downsizing, my program in the Department of the Interior was eliminated; My position became reinvented out of existence. Things were terrible for the first two years following that. I was in my mid-forties, and professional positions for an anthropologist were scarce.
I created my woodcarving business more from a need to preserve my mental well being than a real impulse to be an entrepreneur. With cash scarce, I resorted to scavenging wood to carve from the leftovers found at lumber yards.
One day I happened upon an operation that milled hardwoods for flooring. Their business was thriving, the quality of their wood excellent, and the free scraps abundant. I made many carved boxes, small chests, spoons, spatulas, and other items from their waste stream. Being that the owners were boaters, I saw them often at boat shows. They always were excited to see how their scrap cherry, oak, and mahogany had been transformed. The photos show some of the items made from scrap.
We’ve all heard the truism that one person’s junk is another’s treasure. But, in a waste-filled world we can rephrase it to be – one person’s waste stream is the resource for another’s product.