Moving it out of the Waste Stream

Most of you who visit here regularly know that we(the Superhero and me) are committed upcyclers finding ways to use materials over again as best we can.  Our new(old) wood shed is a mix of materials – some new that are mostly structural, some really old(from the revamp of our house 16 years ago which we saved), part of our porch flooring we replaced and some pallets.  We worked on this together, the Superhero did most of the pounding, I did most of the painting and we both filled it with wood.  We usually tackles projects together which keeps us connected too just like our commitment to keeping materials out of the waste stream. I don’t know what it is about a pile of wood that makes me soooo happy, but I love wood piles.  It’s the thought of our beloved cook stove cranking away in the winter with enough fuel to keep her fed.  Our wood is all from standing dead or fallen trees too, which we cut, split(yes me too) and stack…keeps us young…who knew wood could be so colorful?  (click on all the photos to make them larger)

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11 Responses to “Moving it out of the Waste Stream”

  1. Jessica sporn October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    This is very inspiring. I have to say I have never split wood, urban girl that I am. Love your colorful wood! Xo

  2. Bleubeard and Elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    From the gal who was born on Earth Day, and a huge believer in recycling, I applaud you for your efforts. What a lovely (and colorful) way to save something from the landfill.

  3. jan October 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    A woman after my own heart. Having wood in the shed is like having money in the bank. I see you have oak while here in my area we have mostly maple and fir and alder. Makes for a nice mix. I too am a good splitter, give me a maul and look out!

  4. lyle baxter October 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    you should carve a stamp like the woodpile to use on your postcards in the winter. thats a great pic!

  5. jill eudaly November 1, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    tove the wood shed. we just cup up a red oak, lightning struck the top and it blew up. I couldn’t get my arms around the trunk. The tree sat next to a stream, I guess it was all the water in the tree that caused it to blow apart. The wood was so dense and HEAVEY..not sure how it’s going to burn..slow would be my guess!

  6. Terrie -Creative Explorer November 1, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    Beautimous! Wood always has such amazing texture whether it’s polished to a high shine or rough and flakey. I work in a custom cabinet shop manufacturing shop and the veneers and woods I see are always so inspiring (we specialize in sustainable woods). Inspiring pics.

    I was lucky enough to receive one of your papers in the MMSA swap – bright and sunny and wonderful. You forgot your name but I went back into the MMSA files to find you. I realized I probably forgot mine too. Sigh. Thanks for participating….. (

  7. Marilyn J. Rock November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Beautiful and colorful wood! Beauty surrounds.

    Hope you and yours are safe from the storm. I spent a scary evening with my son, DIL, and grand daughter Tuesday evening but we made it through. We never lost power – we dodged a huge bullet. My heart goes out to those effected by this massive storm! xxoo

  8. Rebecca November 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Love the photos of this…wow, I’ve never split wood…LOL looks like you’re all ready for winter!

  9. Annie November 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    That turned out fabulously! Isn’t it lovely having a warm fire these days, we have had a lot of cozy nights lighting up our hearth lately. 🙂 I knew you were an upcycler before you even said anything, I just have this feeling about you! Looking through your posts lately, your art work is sparkly and inspirational as always, such a light hearted and warm spirited style you have, my friend! Happy hearth warming. <3

  10. Suzy November 2, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I know all about getting organized with firewood for Winter! I love little woodsheds. Jeff and I built one very similar on our last property but here we don’t need one would you believe! everything gets stacked outside and I moved wood in under our verandah and stack it there and use as needed.
    I loved collecting kindling – one of my favourite jobs here!
    Sending wood stacking hugs to you,
    x Suzy

  11. Denni November 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Hi Corrine,
    It’s really wonderful to see that you recycle so much. That you saved your wood from your own house, it’s gives your new woodshed so much more meaning. There is something special about a pile of wood. I like it because it’s natural ,useful and smells good. It also brings up images of pot bellied stoves and fire places that I think are so cozy.

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