From a felled tree to Acorn Hill: check out this dad’s upcycle project

Entrance to Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery

Dear Forklift Fans,

We want to share the story of Tej Srimushnam, a father who recently purchased a piece of Treincarnation lumber from the ‘Lift, and fashioned it into a cutting board to be auctioned in his child’s school fundraiser. He reflected on the intersection between Community Forklift, Treincarnation, and Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery, and sent us his thoughts:

Finished walnut cutting board

“Looking at the cutting board, I reflected on the journey this piece of wood had taken before coming to me. I’m not sure where the walnut tree once stood, or why it was felled, but Treincarnation salvaged something that might have been thrown away, then milled and dried the lumber, and transported it to Community Forklift, where I bought it.

The wood is only in my care for a little while, as I’ve repurposed it into a cutting board for sale at my child’s preschool fundraiser. Following Community Forklift’s mission, I have been able to upcycle a beautiful piece of wood into a tool for someone else’s kitchen. I imagine the next owner using the cutting board for their daily bread, and to display their cheese and charcuterie on special occasions.

I am drawn to Community Forklift for the same reasons I send my young children to Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery. Both the school and Community Forklift care about sustainability, simplifying life, and slowing down. They are not about mass consumption but making do with what we have. At Acorn Hill, the children play with only natural materials – wooden blocks and felt dolls – and they spend time playing and gardening outdoors every day, regardless of the weather. They also eat organic snacks made from scratch in the classroom by their teachers and fellow classmates. Acorn Hill is a serene place where I am reminded to slow down, consume less, and value what I already have.”

If you’d like to win Tej’s cutting board, bid on a Community Forklift gift card, or check out other great items donated by community members and local businesses, visit Acorn Hill’s online fundraising auction here. The auction closes on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2pm – good luck!