Congratulations to Dave Plunkert, who produced our lumberjack illustration, and let his work set sail this week for the New Yorker with “Blowhard”.
Course No. 001
Working with Reclaimed Wood
Participants will be guided through basic woodworking skills that make use of hand and power tools to construct side or coffee table from reclaimed wood. The class also introduces the sources of the woods – both forest origin and the historical structure – along with finishing options, safety considerations, and a review of available leg options.
Featured reclaimed woods include NYC heartwoods, Barn hardwoods, Redwood storage tank and the Coney Island Boardwalk
Tuition: $175 + material (ranging from $40 to $100)
Time: Sat./Sun 10-2 pm
Location: Sawkill Lumber – 71 Troy Ave. Bklyn Trains: A, C to Utica Ave.
Class size: 6
Woods reclaimed from storage tanks are made from grade A lumber – often Oak, Cypress, or Redwood. Whether the water tanks that dot the city skyline or tanks used for wines, whiskey, pickles, and in the most current instance – Worcestershire Sauce.
This rare lot of Douglas Fir was recently salvaged from the Worcestershire Sauce tanks at the Lea & Perrins facility in New Jersey. Going back to the early 1800’s, when the sauce was invented (by accident), the company has gone through a handful of owners and locations (a third of the tanks were transferred from an old facility in Manhattan) until finally being acquired by Heinz, where the special sauce will be made in the midwest – though in Stainless Steel containers. Some say you can taste the difference when the sauce is seasoned within the wood tanks.
Doug Fir, named for the British explorer who identified the tree in the Pacific Northwest, the country’s second largest, yields wood with a clear dense figure and warm brown and red hues, that sometimes break out into psychodelic grain patterns. The old tanks can now go through renewal and into a range of beautiful building and design applications, including original surface and re-surfaced paneling, doors, floors and furniture.