Noble Salvage: Wood Works

Two local businesses turn trash into tables.
A few years ago, two friends started filling up their homes with what most of us would consider trash. At the time, neither one of them even had a reason for spending most of their spare time rummaging through various job sites and dumpsters for wood, much of it significantly damaged by water or termites. But among the debris, there were also gems—beautiful pieces of lumber, left to rot.  ¶    Christopher Stromberg and David Quadrini, former co-workers at an architecture firm, couldn’t stomach that potential treasure going to waste, so they hauled the wood to their respective basements. Eventually the two men realized they shared this passion for salvage.
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Noble Salvage: Light Show

Warren Muller turns the detritus of everyday life into something illuminating. 
Look closely at one of Warren Muller’s spectacular light sculptures and you might spy some familiar items: old metal lunchboxes and canteens, colored glass vases and chipped teapots, tin funnels and candy molds, shovel handles and wire baskets. In Muller’s exuberantly creative version of recycling, cast-off objects get new life as illuminated art. He has made “chandeliers”—as he calls his fantastic creations—out of wooden ladders and abandoned bicycles. A new work, the nearly 40-foot-long “Dream Time” (recently installed in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History) features rusted lawn furniture, kids’ tricycles, old metal toys and the grille from a Jeep.