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Innovation in a trade that has been around for thousands of years, can be tough to say the least. Alas through more modern approaches they can be "tweaked" and improved.
1- I improve my impact by working with salvaged material. heritagesalvage.com Working with salvaged materials is not only more cost effective, but it limits the huge amount of waste created by others.
2- Working with more environmentally friendly, glues, thinners, and finish-coats. I pick turpentine over paint thinner because it is less toxic and still gets the job done. Elmer's wood glue over other brands, because it contains less toxic solvents/carriers. I always chose alcohol based finish coats like shellac over polyurethanes not because of durability but again to be a better eco-stewart.
3- Working from a shared makers space will also lower your impact, It's also a great way to learn new tricks, become more respectful, and meet new friends. www.chimeraarts.org
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