Category: 7. Indigenous Timber Showcase Award
Indigenous Timber Showcase Award: The use of indigenous timber in a manner that best highlights its unique characteristics. This category is open to entries from across the spectrum of timber usage from furniture to buildings, facilities to objet's d'art.
Rekindle, Juliet Arnott - www.rekindle.org.nz
Rekindle is a social enterprise that uses waste wood to make furniture. Our mission is to support communities to utilise their wood waste fully and in doing so, maximize the benefits of the purposeful work involved. In making furniture with waste wood Rekindle develops employment opportunities and actively promotes skill-sharing and appreciation of the reuse of timber. Rekindle enables youth to gain real and transferable woodwork skills. Rekindle is in it’s start-up phase and is working towards opening workshops in both Christchurch and Auckland.
Indigenous hardwoods such as kauri, matai and rimu are most commonly used. This wood, in the form of floorboards and weatherboards from old villas, is often destined for landfill via the builder’s skip when undertaking renovations. Rekindle builds relationships with builders and offers them an alternative that enables a diversion of this wood from landfill.
In Christchurch we have received many offers from homeowners who wish parts of their earthquake-damaged homes to be used within our projects. This unique wood brings huge value to this project because of: the story it holds from previous use, the beautiful aesthetic inherent in the combination of wood grain and painted surfaces, and the durability that becomes harnessed again in a new form.
Dining chairs and tables from the first Rekindle collection are currently being prototyped and will be launched in late 2012.