One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, which is why people keep empty tuna cans in their bank safes. Salvage a posh piece with today’s Groupon to ReBuilding Exchange. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a Make-It/Take-It workshop for one person (a $65 value).
- For $35, you get a Make-It/Take-It workshop for two people (an $85 value).</p>
ReBuilding Exchange’s staff salvages usable building materials from landfills and tutors resourceful crafters in transforming castoff pieces into treasured items. The schedule of workshops includes the Make-It/Take-It class—a hands-on lesson that introduces simple building techniques. Unschooled furniture-makers cut their teeth on reclaimed pine under the tutelage of creative builders Will Holman and Blake Sloane—featured by re-nest for his woodworking prowess and ability to tell pine from Pine-Sol with a single whiff.
The schedule varies from week to week as Blake leads groups of up to eight in transmuting provided materials by using chop saws and drills to create end tables, lacquering serving trays with a nontoxic finish, and making other projects. Classes are held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the exchange’s woodshop, which doubles as a retirement home for old wooden doors.