I came, I saw, I…, only stayed for a couple of hours. Yes, AltBuild, aka the Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo, was smaller this year. In fact, I would say almost half the size it was at its zenith a couple of years ago, which I’m sure is just another indicator of how our economy has affected the building industry.
That being said, there were still a few cool things to look at, like the work of L.A. Box Collective…
I’m planning on a whole post on this great group of wood artisans soon, so I won’t get into too much detail. Suffice to say, their exhibit asking you to match which raw, reclaimed wood was the source for which beautiful piece of furniture, was by far the most interesting and fun space at AltBuild. Thanks Leigh for answering all my questions and showing me how much I still need to learn about wood!
I was also pleased to meet Sarah from Pacific Coast Teak, the U.S. importers of ProTeak, which I posted about a while back. They had a nice display of some of the beautiful kitchen carts made from the FSC certified teak lumber. Really lovely.
I’m going to have tot ake a closer look at this Woca oil I ran across. It looks like a nice line of wood oils and stains that are extremely low odor and non-toxic. Have any of you, dear readers, tried it before? I’d love to hear what you thought of it. I’m especially intrigued by the “color oil” stains.
Here’s an idea. Take fast growing, FSC certified softwood, and then use a non-toxic technology to give it the properties of more durable hardwood. That’s what the folks at Accoya have managed to do with their exterior grade product. I saw a sample, and it really is quite remarkable.
And, last but not least, I give you the EnviroLoo – “a new American-made solar heated evaporative human waste system”!
And you thought I was only going to write about furniture and stuff…