All materials are from dumpster bound pieces of furniture or used screen printing screens. Years and years of use can look good in alternate contexts.

So often we just see an item’s primary purpose or use as we send it off to the dumpster. The steel legs from old laminate school tables and desks are still very functional when removed from the cruddy tops. I find their aesthetic is typically very minimalistic but functional and familiar. These things can add a bit of style to to just about any place they end up.

The thick butcher block tops that made up the tops to old work bench/locker units is not something you see a lot of in our world of one use disposable materials. Tops like these were a staple in may industrial arts classrooms for a very long time and they stood up to the abuse of thousands of students doing hundreds of different projects. When the supporting steel support rods cracked it was easy enough to break the top into smaller, more manageable portions and isntall new stabilizing rods. They keep all their character but are now available for new uses.

It’s a good things for students to see and understand the possibilities rather then simply seeing old items as trash. Its good for them to start finding value in items that would otherwise choke our landfills. Its less about the worn out idea of “up-cycling” and more about giving materials that served their purpose well a new life and some renewed respect.

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