Friday, November 26, 2010

Craftsman's Corner Donates

Recently were were asked to deconstruct a fairly new structure for St. Mary's Hospital, in Blue Springs, Missouri. We do not usually get involved in newer construction, but as always, we could not allow any good materials to go to the landfill. The area to deconstruct was a enclosed walkway from the building to a mobile heart unit. The Hospitals head of the Cardio Department was under strict time constraints when she contacted us.

We were able to take a day away from the shop and remove all of the reusable construction material. Knowing a network of community supporters that are always looking for material, we were able to filter the lumber, doors, siding, insulation, heating/AC, and lighting to different folks needing these items for their projects. This group of Craftsmen and organizations, donate their time and talent to needy families, elderly, and single parent home owners in the community.

Thanks you St. Mary's Medical Center of Blue Springs!

Nina's Toy box

A few years ago, the folks at Habitat ReStoreKC called us to come rescue some nice old lumber from one of their deconstruction sites at Lake Latowana, Missouri. We removed a good sized trailer load and were able to make a lot of nice primitive furniture from wood of this old house. These pictures of the home, prior to deconstruction, were provided by the home owners.

A year or so later, a new family started attending our church. As we got to know them, they told the story of an old house at Lake Lotawana that had been in their family for years. The house had a lot of issues, and the family decided to pass it on to Habitat to deconstruct and planned a new house to go in its place. We were all surprised to learn that this was the same house that we rescued the wood from earlier. The owners, Henry and Nina, mentioned that it would have been nice to have a piece of furniture made from the wood of their old house. Since we tag and bundle all of our wood to include the address, we were able to find a few hundred board feet of lumber left from their house. Nina had been looking for a toy box to hold her grandkids toys, and asked if we had enough to make one.

Nina was pleased when we presented her with the design that you see to the left. Keeping the design simple and unassuming, we were able to highlight the age and beauty of the old wood with a nice hand-rubbed finish. The inside has ample space to store the toys and other items for the grandkids. When closed, it sits quietly waiting for its next playmate to come along.