…A very good place to start.
When you read, you begin with A,B,C.
When you sing, you begin with Do, Re, Mi..
When you upcycle pallets you begin with scrub, saw, sand!
When I go pallet hunting, I sometimes (but not always) have an idea of what I’m looking for, although I’m very easily lured by lovely looking pallets which have nothing to do with what I’m looking for! Thank God they’re free!! They’re often covered in spider webs, dirt, dust, cement, sometimes burned, and even sometimes have tar on them. But it’s ok! A trusty dry scrub down with a washing up brush and/or a toothbrush soon fix some of that, but the real magic happens when I put my sander on the wood.
I like to build the item I’m making before I sand, so that I can make sure edges are smooth in the right places, so I always sand the finished product. What I love about this work is that each piece of wood has it’s own finger print, and you never know what character is going to come out when you put the sander on the wood. It’s totally covered up, supposedly spoiled, but it’s there, You just have to search for it. The sense of excitement and anticipation that comes in those first few seconds when you put the sander onto the wood, and the type of wood beneath is revealed, is a real thrill for me! Is it a dark wood? a rose wood? a pine?
I love restoration. Restoration is a beautiful thing, something that was once lost, but has been found again. I love the phrase ‘pre-loved’ – It just speaks joy to me, that something can have a second chance, a chance to be fashioned into something new, something better, and something useful.