Resourcefulness | The Whole Tree

Resourceful chefs make a habit of wasting as little as possible. Frying bacon leaves a lot of grease behind, which can be used to cook the rest of a breakfast hash, saving any butter or other type of fat that would otherwise have to be reached for. A pastry chef uses fresh blueberries atop a tart, but once they’ve lost their healthy look they don’t have to be discarded, and rather can be baked into a dish where their ripeness can be appreciated.

At Deoria Made we have the same mentality. For example, offcuts from our various projects are saved, cut down to size, and turned into the feet for our Blocks; Other small sections of wood that are too small to include in a piece of furniture or larger Block cutting board are saved and then turned into small cheeseboards.

Bug dammage was exposed during the milling process of this cheeseboard, which was easily amended with a strip of walnut.

Bug dammage was exposed during the milling process of this cheeseboard, which was easily amended with a strip of walnut.

Scrap material used as feet for our Blocks.

Scrap material used as feet for our Blocks.

We also don’t shy away from imperfections. Most of our work is produced in batches, often leaving a board here or there that is not quite the same as the rest. We constantly find new and creative ways to resurrect these imperfections. For example, knots are filled with plugs, making for an interesting dotted pattern; A cheeseboard that came out of the milling process too narrow for stock gets a piece of contrasting wood added to it, and it becomes a new piece. These pieces become our One-of-a-Kind models, which are inspired by the idea that imperfections are perfect.

Whether it’s cooking, woodworking, or any other facet of life, being resourceful is not only personally beneficial in that you consume less or perhaps pay less, but also socially and environmentally responsible in that you decrease your impact on the planet. Using a heaping cup of creativity, a tablespoon of critical thought, and a pinch of patience, most materials can be saved from the trash bin and can be turned into beautiful things you’d initially never imagined. Try it, you’ll surprise yourself!

In what ways are you resourceful?