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Written by Lacey Music
Artistry comes not only in creating new works, but also in the skill it takes to bring old works back to life. Here is the story of one such new artist, Spencer Farrish, as told in his own words.
“My father was a masonry contractor and 95% of his work (during the late 60’s and 70’s) was in Durham. I was employed with him during the summer months and on Saturdays when I wasn’t in school. I can remember a job we were doing in the Weldon Village area, I’m not sure what it was, but I can remember that the Hudson Funeral Home (which then looked like a house) was on the same street. The funeral home was in the process of being torn down and I think this tub came from that funeral home. Anyway, this tub ended up in our cow pasture in Roxboro. We used it to feed the cows hay. This tub remained there for at least 40 year or more. At some point in time it was flipped over.
I had thought about the tub during the summer of 2018 and I tried to find it, but I couldn’t locate it due to the thick vegetation. During the month of December 2018, I stumbled across it. It was missing 3 claw feet and weathered very bad. I decided to challenge myself to bring it back to life. This was my first time ever attempting to refinish a tub (I did a lot of research on the internet). After I got it home, I hosed it down, washed it with soapy water and some bathroom cleaners, and then sanded it. After cleaning/sanding I painted the outside with 3 coats of rust primer and then painted it orange. I then drew the Denver Bronco’s Logo on it (I became a Denver Bronco fan in 1979 when I was in the US Air Force stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver). After I finished the outside, I used a tub refinishing kit to complete the inside area.
The attached pics. will show the process from beginning to (almost) end. At the present time I’m still looking for a set of claw feet that will fit and I will paint them with rust primer and then paint them blue to match the Denver Broncos logo.
This tub was made in May 1922 by the American Standard Company.
So far I’m very pleased with the way it has turned out. Thanks for your interest in my project.”
Green Forum Off to An Amazing Start!
On March 30th, The Scrap Exchange launched it’s newest community, environmental awareness program titled the Green Forum. The event, a Sustainability Expo, featured the work of over 25 community organizations, live music from the Bulltown Strutters, and delicious goodies from So Good Pupusas, a local, certified sustainable food, truck. Approximately 400 people participated in the family-friendly, interactive activities that included a plant sale, a pot decorating station, make your own reused T-shirt bag, and a repair station hosted by the Repair Cafe!
There was no fee to attend event and proceeds of the plant sale ($250) will be used to revitalize our community garden. The event also resulted in more community partners joining the cause and an endorsement from the Durham Environmental Affairs Board (EAB)! “Through the creative reuse of materials that circulate in our local economy, The Scrap Exchange provides a model for organizations, businesses and community leaders to protect our environment, build stronger communities and maximize the value of our local resources,”stated Cristian Roberto Valle Kinloch, a sustainability consultant who serves on the EAB.
Starting in May, The Scrap Exchange will host monthly interactive workshops on a variety of environmental topics. The first workshop on May 11th from 2-4 PM is titled, Recycling in The Triangle: Simple Ways to Reduce Waste. Keep an eye out on our social channels for more details as they become available!null
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ROCKING VOLUNTEERS!
March 9, 2019 – Garden Clean Up with Meadowsweet Gardens
A lovely group of volunteers came to help pull out some weeds and overgrown plants with Jonathan Nyberg from Meadowsweet Gardens. Their efforts were a huge success! Pictured from left to right: Anna Graves, Tatyana Kasperovich, Rachel Roberts, Alex Luboff, Yulie Kasperovich, Elena Batrakova, and Jonathan Nyberg.
Not pictured: Julia Currier, Jennifer Craft.
March 15, 2019
A corporate group from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants AICPA came to volunteer for the day. They helped us sort through multiple pallets of books in the warehouse and a backup of ribbon in the Scrap Shop. They were absolutely amazing!
Our Volunteers Logged 100 More Hours in March Than in February!!
A HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!