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The Green Initiative (Part I)

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Green has become the new buzz word of the first decade of our new century. Green includes the use of natural and renewable energy resources such as wind, solar energy, tidal flows and geothermal hot springs. Green also implies the efficient use of our limited energy, high MPG vehicles that incorporate hybrid technology and numerous recycling initiatives ranging from plastics to computer components. Green also finds a niche in the world of woodworking.


Wood falls under the category of renewable resource but there is one significant downside; it takes 20-30 years for an average tree to reach a beneficial harvest size in a sustainable forest. Given that, it is very important that we get the maximum use out of every single piece of wood we harvest.  We, as woodworkers, can do our part by finding good in wood that would otherwise be considered garbage and/or thrown into a landfill.


It would be easy to go to a local lumberyard and buy clean, straight grained and defect-free wood of our next project. But consider the fact that distressed wood is a very viable alternative and is often free of charge. Further, the latest trend in furniture and interior decorating involves the use of new furniture that looks aged and distressed.


You can do your part in the Green Initiative by using wood otherwise destined for the landfill. It takes extra work but the benefits are well worth the time investment.


(Green Initiative Part II)

(Green Initiative Part III)

(Green Initiative Part IV)


If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!




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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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