re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

79 Other wood – recycled: Boxes by Rick Klompmaker

Wood is so fascinating.  And what one is able to do with it is equally so.  The pictures are of a box my brother Rick made.  The back story is fun, the box is outstanding.

Yew box by Rick Klompmaker

I love to collect wood as well as carve it.  It drives my family crazy, but I am always on the look out for an interesting chunk of wood.  Our car just stops at random places along the road – farm fields, construction sites, garbage piles, curb trash, and others.

Several years back I was driving to work when I noticed that a good friend of mine had cut down a large decorative “shrub.”   The yew had been allowed to grow to twenty five or thirty feet high with a base of nearly 24 inches.  The branches and stem were piled on the curb.  I was late for school, but could not pass by without checking out the quality of the wood being trashed.  I could not get the entire tree into the car, and my family thanks me.  I was, however, able to save two five foot sections.  These sat in my garage for at least two years.

Original basket weave design

Last summer, while cleaning out the garage, I made a commitment to getting the logs to my brother.  He accepted the wood and promised to make something from it.  You see in the pictures here in the outstanding piece he produced.

Owned by Mr./Mrs. R Smits

This box now resides in the home of  Mr. and Mrs. R Smits, my good friends.  They were the ones who redecorated their yard, necessitating the yew be removed.  Only fitting that they should enjoy one small piece of the tree which they raised for so many years.

If you have a picture of a box or recycled wood piece, please share.  If you have any questions about other pieces Rick Klompmaker has produced, let me know.

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law (Bible).”  Psalm 119:18

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3 responses

  1. Joyce M

    Beautiful box, John. I love it.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  2. Joyce, you have seen it at their house? Rick is making a few more of these. I hope there is one for us, but I haven’t talked to him about it.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

  3. What a lovely box!
    yaakov….

    March 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

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