Bird Houses – W1D4 by Oscar W.

Sep 17, 2015

Garbage is everywhere, in our homes, our dumpsters, and our city waste processing facilities. It’s undeniable that we live in a waste producing culture. However, living at the beautiful site in Paonia, we were inspired by one fact: everything was made of recycled resources.

With the encouragement of Dev, we set out to follow in his wise footsteps. So on the fourth day of the UA Adventure Semester, our challenge was to build something useful out of things that people had discarded.

We started off the day by sifting through a heap of wood, glass, plastic, and metal scraps for things that we could re-purpose. With garbage in hand, our day of sawing, nailing, screwing, and gluing began. Together we embarked on an adventurous journey through the study of carpentry. The default object of our construction was a bird house, but many of us elected to build things for our own use, including a coffee table, trashcan, and shelf.

It was amazing to watch scrap that people had thrown away transform into something useful under our hands. At the end of the day, we were tired and sore, but completely satisfied that we had done something good.

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