Saturday, 18 January 2014


Have you ever considered using the Lemon rinds for something else before throwing them into the organics bin? They can be used to make limoncello: the rind of 10 lemons, 1.5 litres of water, 1 kilo of sugar and 1 litre of 95 degree alcohol will give you just under 4 litres of limoncello. Here I've put the limoncello in old liquor bottles, and used and a string, piece of leather and cardboard salvaged from packaging materials to make new tickets to remind me exactly when the limoncello was bottled.
 Limoncello is quite easy to make. Wash 10 large lemons, then peel the rind off. The original recipe uses lemons from Sorrento, but if you can't get your hands on any of these, use what you can find locally. Cut the rind into thin strips then put them in an air-tight 4L glass jar with 750ml pure alcohol. Put this in a dark, cool place and let sit for 30 days. After 30 days, add another 250ml of alcohol and a sugar/water solution 1kg sugar, 1 litre of water. To make the solution, boil the water, add the sugar, stirring until it has disolved and let cool before adding to the jar. Let this all sit for another 40 days, again in a dark cool place, then strain lemon rinds and bottle.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Reusing bottles and jars as bottles and cups

This old laphroig whiskey bottle has made a beautiful water bottle and an old sake' jar has made a simple, elegant drinking glass

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Reusing salvaged wood and fixings recovered from demolition works

We're currently renovating our apartment and have demolished quite a bit of the existing space to make way for the new work. It's a veritable treasure trove for those who like to recuperate old materials to build/make/create new objects.  
I've been quite busy de-nailing, de-screwing, and disassembling anything and everything which I thought could be used for another project
I took a particular interest in salvaging the old wood as I enjoy working with a material as versatile and characteristic as wood can be. To prolong the life of this already 60+ year old material by using it to create new objects gives me a certain amount of satisfaction.

I've taken the sander, glue and clamps to some of the pieces in order to repair them and use them to construct new objects

 this is a sawhorse under construction