Going custom and going green!
Thankfully, the inhabitants of our world have started to realize the impact that our day to day routine is having on our planet. The last decade has brought an enormous amount of environmental awareness, and more and more people are going green. Some bring reusable bags to the grocery store rather than using plastic ones, others convert their cars to run on vegetable oil or forget the car altogether and take a bicycle to get around. Point is, human beings are, and hopefully will continue to be more cognizant of our responsibilities as residents of the speck of dust in the universe that we call home.
Just like the average citizen is doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint, woodworkers everywhere are doing their part and turning their wood shops into an environmentally friendly operation. Woodworkers everywhere, including a bunch of our own CustomMade.com subscribers, are starting to buy local, use non-toxic lumber (ditching formaldehyde plywood, etc), using natural finishes, and even constructing pieces keeping in mind that they may be recycled down the line. Some woodworkers are finding their lumber under water, using fallen trees, or using wood from existing furniture or buildings. Even something as simple as having bamboo flooring as opposed to traditional hardwood, reduces the dependence on our already over harvested timber resources.
At CustomMade.com we love to hear what are artists are going to go green. Artists like Scott Pennington, Quentin Kelley, and Jerry Van Vleet are setting a precedent and leaving a legacy for future woodworkers to take on as they learn the skills of the trade. If you have any tips to going green, please share them! If you would like a mention in our next blog about going green, let us know you have an ec0-friendly shop! If you are looking for a good site to find more information about going green as a woodworker, try checking out the website for the Sustainable Furnishings Council.