The Offcuts Initiative
While the primary use for Grain’s shavings and splinters is as animal bedding or garden mulch, any wood that harbors even a hint of utility is saved in dusty corners of the shop to await its full potential. Then one day, inspiration arrives - and suddenly it seems obvious that edgings from straightening rough planks can be used to make bead and cove strips; that all short blocking and leftover stringer stock should be made into handplanes; that longer offcuts and leftover surfboard planks should be made into Sea Sleds. Even our short and thin plank cutoffs can be used for internal blocking or our handmade gift certificates. It’s obvious and the Offcuts Initiative represents our dedication to wise and thorough use of resources.
We’re so dedicated to the practice of doing more with less that we limit production of these products to the times of year that we have the most scrap piles built up, typically in the fall and winter months after a busy summer season of classes, kits and custom boards. We continue to think of ways to “close the loop” on our own waste stream, and even how to fold into our operation more recycled material and waste-stream elements from other industries. Have a board from us with a red cedar stringer in it? Feel good knowing that all the red cedar we've used for the last few years is 100% re-purposed from a deck that was torn apart from a local house and replaced. Lucky for us, the builder realized what he was taking apart and we were able to swoop in and save the wood from the burn pile. Lookin good- feelin good!