Monthly Archives: January 2013

The many faces of wood scrap

fire-for-blogThe best thing about scrap wood is that it comes in SO many varieties. There’s always the natural scrap wood that is everywhere and considered unsightly to most people. Here is what I picked up in less than 10 minutes and it provided me a warm fire on a cold January evening.

There is the endless array of small pieces of construction waste, an omnipresent thing in this rapidly expanding town. Lumber can be connected in a simple but structural way through a scarf joint (see illustration below), which creates a dimensional and solid structural member for projects.

scarfjointstechshop-scraps-for-blogScarfing, a word I associate with scrapping, ties elements together with the most effective joinery. This is always a good skill when dealing with any kind of leftover materials.

This selection of scrap wood (left) are the remnants from the laser cutters at the new Tech Shop in Round Rock. The potential of these little goodies makes my heart spin!


These super cool chairs come from Austin’s Petrified Design. They reuse the wood from local wine barrels and the cask curve creates that sexy seat and back. My favorite part though, is the fact that the color comes from the wine stained oak. Now that’s a natural solution!

You can find the chairs at Mockingbird Domestics, a fairly new shop located at 2515 South Lamar. It has a delightful mix of vintage and modern and the whole store reads like a healthy recipe file of natural, honest, and repurposed materials.

The airy nest pictured below graces the front yard of a house on Bluebonnet. The thinnest non-sensical wood scraps become an imaginary floating cocoon for all species to enjoy.


How do you reuse wood scraps in your projects?


January 2013 Board Meeting

January 8, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami, Cindy

New Board Member

We are extremely excited to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Cindy Lawrence! She’ll be focusing on fundraising, grant writing, and providing the teacher insight we needed. Welcome Cindy!

Educator Materials Drive

EducatorsMaterialDrive-logoIt’s official! We’ll be holding our first annual Educator Materials Drive on Sunday, February 24th from 10-4pm to support Austin teachers and educators. We’re asking the public to collect materials for the drive and we’ll have drop off times the weekend before. Location is still TBD. Spread the word!

Volunteers Needed

We will need volunteers for our Educator Materials Drive for the two weeks before and during the drive. We’ll have sign ups available for shifts soon, so keep some time open to come help!

We accept donations of used wine and champagne cork!

corkDid all your holiday parties leave you with a bounty of wine and champagne cork? Doing some winter/spring cleaning and ready to offload your collection of cork? Austin Creative Reuse to the rescue!

You can now drop off your wine and champagne cork at:

6942 Ryan Dr
Austin, TX 78757 US

You can also always bring cork donations to our volunteer meet ups or events.

Email us at for more information.


2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723
Center Hours:
CLOSED Until Further Notice
Curbside Pickup, 10am-4pm, Daily
Tel: (512) 375-3041