salvage materials

ETA: Updated, fully painted version here!

Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s a sketch of a Jedi!Finn costume based on this outfit of John’s, which literally made me gasp aloud because all that drapey swishy fabric just screams Jedi!

I’m in a film costume history class right now, so I got really excited thinking about all the materials and whatnot. The leather sleeve is of course from the mangled Dameron jacket, and maybe the belts are salvaged from that material too. The drapey grey over-piece would be more of a soft, woven, matte fabric. The inside would be kind of satiny and dark, but would seem understated and subtle until it catches light in a really pretty blue violet. Also, I gave him some form of shoes that aren’t boots since I imagine the poor guy is tired of wearing them by this point, lmao.

75 years ago today - December 7 1941

Destroyers USS Downes DD-375 (left) USS Cassin DD-372 (leaning against Downes) and the Battleship USS Pennsylvania BB-38.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, USS Downes was in dry-dock with ‘Cassin’ and 'Pennsylvania’. The three came under heavy attack and an incendiary bomb landed between the two destroyers, starting raging fires fed by oil from a ruptured fuel tank. Despite heavy strafing, the crews of the two destroyers got their batteries into action, driving off further attacks by Japanese planes.
The dry-dock was flooded in an effort to quench the fires, but the burning oil rose with the water level and when the ammunition and torpedo warheads on board the destroyers began to explode, the two ships were abandoned. Later 'Cassin’ slipped from her keel blocks and rested against 'Downes’. Both ship’s hulls were damaged beyond repair but machinery and equipment were salvaged and sent to Mare Island Navy Yard where entirely new ships were built around the salvaged material and given the wrecked ship’s names and hull numbers.

USS Pennsylvania managed to escape the dubious honor of having been on Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but this fortunate set of circumstances also did not give her as much visibility in the public eye. For the older battleships present during the attack, 'Oklahoma’ and 'Arizona’ were destroyed and 'Nevada’ gained fame attempting to escape out of the harbor. And the newer “Big Five” battleships would be resurrected and some would be completely transformed to the point they were almost unrecognizable. But 'Pennsylvania’, stuck in drydock, became best known for being in the background. In this case, the background for the wrecks of the destroyers 'Cassin’ and 'Downes’.

'Pennsylvania’ sustained relatively minor damage during the Pearl Harbor attack, then spent much of 1942 training and conducting patrols of the United States west coast. In early 1943 she was sent to the Aleutians to help force out the Japanese forces on Attu and Kiska.

(Colourised by Royston Leonard from the UK)

Restaurants: Väkst by Genbyg
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Väkst Nordic by Genbyg

The centrepiece of this garden-inspired Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen is an indoor greenhouse that Danish design studio Genbyg has created using recycled materials.

Called Väkst, the Danish word for growth, the restaurant serves a vegetable-based menu – something Genbyg was keen to represent through its design, by including natural materials and plenty of greenery.

The heart of the space is a plant-filled greenhouse covering a stairwell, which connects the restaurant’s basement and ground levels.

Framed by square-profile steel beams, the structure is built from repurposed windows, based on photographs from customers who have built their own greenhouses in a similar fashion.

Inside the dining areas, the majority of fittings and fixtures are also created using recycled materials and salvaged furniture.

Shelves behind the bar are made rom file drawers from the National Museum of Denmark’s archive, while the counter itself is constructed from old factory floorboards.

Cabinet fronts are made rom wooden planks, while lamps are formed using old milk cans, and ceiling coverings in the basement were once tablecloths.

Mahogany surfaces throughout the restaurant originated from an old grandstand at Lyngby stadium, located north of the city, and glass shelving has been repurposed from a palace in Copenhagen.

FF15 is a narrative wreck

I can’t drive through Daemons but this loser can? Pft.

Finally found the time to play/beat FF15 and honestly, this game should’ve just been cancelled and material salvaged for another project.

Something’s very wrong when a majority of a story is conveyed through dialogue snippets instead of something that you actually get to experience.

I mean even a myriad of cutscenes would’ve been preferable to the way they delivered one plot point after another with just a few lines of speech. Over half of events, lore and character backgrounds happen off-screen, only to be told to you afterwards. (or you’re not told at all, and things just happen while you’re expected to know what’s going on)

When you do actually get to experience relevant parts of the story you’re occasionally forced into gameplay that has very little to what you’ve been fostering in the open-world. (Most boss fights, Ring-only dungeon etc.)

Of course the of open-world hack n’ slash is fun, but when the best gameplay elements actually have nothing to do with the premise/storytelling, that’s not a cohesive product. It was fun doing monster bounties, exploring dungeons, customizing your car, camping around and all that shit but none of it was relevant to the grand scheme of things. At the end of the day you’re performing a bunch of meaningless tasks to entertain yourself while key story elements took place around/away from you.

Plus don’t get me started on the stupidly basic combat system. You can get through the whole game by just holding guard/phase and abuse the plethora of invincibility frames from Warp Strike, Parry and Techniques. Drop into “Danger”? Use a 50 gil potion. Run out of MP? Use a Warp Point.

I really wanted to like this game but damn, Square better step it up for the FF7 remake.


The Wee House. Beautiful and cozy treehouse build by a carpenter Dave Herrle for his wife. It was built in six weeks mostly from salvaged materials; therefore it costed only $4000. The rustic interior and the highlight of it - colourful ceramic sink makes this treehouse one of a kind. Located in Westbrook, Connecticut. 


Converted Recycled Barn

Frankfurt couple Katharina Pasternak and Martin Schittig demolished a dilapidated structure using many materials salvaged from the old building. Preserving the barn’s dark oak wood beams, gable constructed of handmade bricks, and a pile of tiles from the 1920s, the pair created a modern home. Pursuing the “recycling” theme even further, the couple filled the home with used Nordic furniture, plus a well-worn dining table donated by a local sports halland a bench acquired from a nearby daycare center.

If ever you are sad think about

  • Percy lolling his head against Frank’s huge shoulders while Frank reads off his assigned reading for the billionth time
  • Frank trying to teach Percy archery and Percy helping Frank with sword work and hand-to-hand in return
  • Frank trying to creep into Cabin 3 to casually leave PTSD-related materials he salvaged from the Zhang mansion
  • Percy finding the “presents” the next day, paging through them with shaky hands and nearly knocking Frank over with a hug in the middle of the archery range
  • late-night conversations in Percy’s bedroom while Frank visits NY
  • late-night unstoppable giggles that they mute by shoving their faces into each other’s chests
  • Frank hugging Percy and picking him up off the ground
  • Percy making the stupidest puns possible for almost fifteen minutes straight so he can watch Frank’s facial expressions 
  • he stops when Frank picks up the bag of candy next to him and holds it over his head and Percy goes pale and just mutters, “I may have made a mistake somewhere along the line there”
  • literally anything related to Frank/Percy + sIZE DIffERenCE
  • Percy cuddling up to Frank like a cat when he’s upset
  • Percy sticking his cold fingers up Frank’s shirt or down his neck because Frank is like a freaking space heater and Percy is constantly cold
  • Frank tries to flinch away but then Percy snuggles his head against Frank’s neck and he is powerless because we all know Frank is powerless against cute things

All Around Farm - credit -

This circa 1870 carriage barn was once the barn for a large summer estate. It morphed into a car storage facility during World War II. In 1957 Milton Kulp, Jr. (Junie) established the internationally known show barn, All Around Farm. The 19th century barn had been neglected for years and although decrepit, the barn was structurally sound. Inspired by the 1995 movie “Sense and Sensibility,” which was set in an old English barn, the current 21st century owners set out to transform and restore the barn. The 9,750 square foot structure was converted from show barn into a 4-bedroom residence with state-of-the-art kitchen, bathrooms, home office and re-established horse stables with wash stall and tack room.

By transforming the spaces, the house is filled with unique details. It carries a simple elegance while integrates the character of the old barn without losing the unusual barn scale. Salvaged materials were used throughout including antique brick, hardware, windows and cabinetry. The great room fireplace mantel was discovered during construction hidden in the barn’s attic space covered in dust and cobwebs. Old stall posts were used as the great room stair newel posts. It was always the client’s dream to have their horses in their house – and this is on dream that came true beyond their wildest imagination.

9,750 sf Residence and Stables


Driving through the gold-brown savanna of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, past its Dr. Seuss-like trees and water-carved rocks, it’s easy to see why the national parks have been called America’s Best Idea.

Spend a few hours with some of the park’s employees, like Cultural Resources Branch Chief Jason Theuer, and you’ll see that national parks are also another thing: expensive. There is a nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog of work that needs be done but isn’t because of limited money.

Theuer’s job is to preserve and maintain some of the historical structures here— sites like Keys Ranch, the sprawling high-desert homestead deep in Joshua Tree’s interior. The ranch’s schoolhouse, which is about 80 years old, looks like it was cobbled together with salvaged materials. There are no studs keeping the walls straight and upright, so now there’s as much light pouring in through the warped wooden-plank walls as there is through the windows.

“We came in and added all of these supports here,” Theuer says, pointing to a beefy frame built up against the building’s interior. Without it, it’s hard to imagine the building standing up to a good sneeze.

National Parks Have A Long To-Do List But Can’t Cover The Repair Costs

Photos: Nathan Rott/NPR

Design Board: Aunt Denise's Kitchen

My Aunt Denise (my mother’s sister) lives in a house in the city built in the 1890’s. My house was built in 1896 so I sympathize with the project load that comes with an older home. While the “to do” list is long she has completely re-landscaped and brought in new furniture and window treatments. To say my Aunt is creative is an understatement. Last week she woke up in the night to create a floral arrangement for her front door, then stood outside tweaking it to perfection at 3am. She is an amazing gardener and quilter and loves planning her home. She watches my boys once a week while I go to yoga so we get to catch up on her projects, and she has me put in my two cents!

Here are some before/demo pictures…

My Aunt Denise striking a pose in her unfinished kitchen! Yeah… been there done that.

See that 1950’s sink cabinet under the window? We’ve decided to reuse it and I’m sooo excited! This old house has a basement full of vintage interior fixtures, many of which have never been used. My Aunt goes shopping in her basement to decorate her house! For the kitchen she has found:

  • Cool 1950’s cabinet hardware, still in the box.
  • A funky ceiling mount light fixture, probably 1950’s or earlier.
  • Dishes and accessories.

Here is a closer shot of the super cool (I’m just a little jealous) sink and cabinet.

I think this project will be hanging around for a while, they are not in a huge hurry (i.e. budget, time, diy, careers and a life…) Aunt Denise and I have discussed some interior finishes, but I threw this design board together so we can dream and plan about it’s completion!

My Aunt is very creative and loves design, she has been clipping kitchen photos for a long time. Here are a few examples of her design persuasion!

What do you think of this aesthetic? Rusticy, vintagey, casual… Do you try to keep or enhance architectural aspects of your home?