Waste Not

by Sydney Michalski

Stacked bowls.

This is one of my favorite things about the way Joe works.

In a mass-manufacturing environment, templates are applied to dimensional lumber, so that you can get as many templates out of each piece as possible, and the rest turns into sawdust.

But when Joe’s working by hand, he’s always looking at each piece individually, seeking to honor the Lord by making the best possible use out of it, and you get some wonderful surprises as a result!

When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (John 6:12, KJV)

After sawing down the white pine planks for our bathroom sink, Joe had some off-cuts left over in these trapezoidal shapes. They were all similar in shape, but the sizes varied.

So he started thinking, wouldn’t it be neat to make a set of bowls that could stack!

Working largest-to-smallest, he would carve a bowl, and then scribe the top of one bowl to the bottom of the next bowl, creating something really special and fun out of what could have just been waste!

When everything is a gift from the Lord, you see the beauty and wonder in the leftovers…

…and that’s such a great perspective to be working from when we’re making something from the tree for your home!

…to give unto them beauty for ashes…(Isaiah 61:3, KJV)

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