Anyone who has undertaken a remodel in an old home knows about lath. In the pre-drywall days, lath (small strips of wood) were nailed to studs and used as a substrate of sorts for the plaster finish. Today, most lath is burned or finds its way to the landfill, but now there is a company in Seattle that is repurposing it with some pretty remarkable results.
Goods From the Hoods is a small company and less than a year old, but they've certainly struck a chord creating products that are green, clever and beautiful. The owners, Joel and T.C., both have backgrounds in construction, so they were no strangers to the amount of waste that can be generated from a job site. One day they started experimenting with ways to reuse the old wood strips and soon Goods From the Hoods was born. The team collects salvaged piles of lath from job sites and Craigslist ads and then gets to work removing nails, milling the wood, gluing it together (using non-toxic adhesives) and then milling it again. Because the lath comes from early 20th century homes, the wood is mostly old growth Douglas Fir, which is often denser and has less defects than new wood. The results are well-crafted cutting boards, furniture and home accessories. Best of all, each piece is stamped with the year of the home and neighborhood where it came from.
For more information, check out their website. They don't have an online store yet, but their products are carried by local Seattle stores NuBe Green, Bitters and Matter (Olympia, WA).
(Image: Nathaniel Willson Photography/Goods from the Hoods)