As the world becomes more eco-friendly, many businesses are looking to recycle materials rather than waste them. As a result, the reclaimed wood trend is one that is gaining in popularity
Reclaimed wood is often used to create furniture items, but with a bit of ingenuity, it can be used to make just about anything. In fact, Caleb Campbell and his dad Scott Campbell use Oregon white oak they find on forest floors to make bike frames. Find out more about these creations and what this father/son duo are doing to save the environment.
Caleb and Scott’s bike company is called Celilo Bikes. Their bikes feature a carbon lined interior that performs like a mountain bike but looks more like a work of art. Although the company is starting out small, they are hoping to begin paving the way to becoming an established provider of sustainably produced bikes.
The wood the Campbells use for their bicycles is material that would otherwise go to waste. It consists of scraps they find on the forest floors that are left behind after trees are cut down for building projects. In most cases, these scraps would end up burning in a woodpile. Instead, the two salvage the wood to create unique bicycles.
Recently, the father and son team made it out to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. The show provides a chance for bike and bike part makers to network with retailers and bike enthusiasts and share innovative trends in biking creations. While attending the show, the two made connections that helped them get the word out about more sustainable bike manufacturing methods.
Making bikes out of reclaimed wood may seem unusual, but there are actually a variety of incredible things you can create with reclaimed wood including the following:
Guitar Body: Making a guitar body out of reclaimed wood can give it a unique character and contrast that tells a story without using any words.
A Light Fixture: It may seem unlikely, but with a bit of ingenuity, it is possible to make a light shade from a reclaimed wood pallet.
A Paddleboard: Little Bay Boards is another company that could pave the way for more sustainable sporting goods products. Check out their web page to find out more about their custom and non-custom hand-built wood paddleboards.
A Headboard: A solid piece of wood makes for a sturdy headboard that can add charm to any bedroom.
And of course, there are countless furniture items you can make out of reclaimed wood including our Urban Wood Goods dining room tables, office furniture, organizers and more.
Reclaimed wood is a durable and eco-friendly material that is taking over the world of furniture-making and it is now expanding into sporting goods and other items as well. There is no saying what direction this trend will take in the coming years, but it is sure to be a movement that will help the environment while providing durable and attractive products to consumers.