With turkey day behind us, we’re heading full-force into Christmas. Many evergreens have been cut – most of them many months ago – to become holiday trees that we decorate. For me, this is a yearly reminder about an episode of the television show “Friends.” In an episode around Christmas, Phoebe explains that all trees, no matter how scrawny or decrepit, need to fulfill their destiny to become an actual Christmas tree.
This idea causes me to think about the many, many scraps found around the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop and my home shop (more so in my home shop). By leaving these scraps piled in corners or sitting atop benches, or even if you neatly sort and stack your leftovers, are we allowing them to fulfill their destiny?
It’s my opinion that we should release these scraps. Let them achieve their destiny. While that could be a small holiday project (gifts) such as those found in the book “Wood Stash Project Book,” by Kerry Pierce, I’m willing to bet that destiny for most of these scraps is going to be as fuel. That’s right, burn them for heat. (That’s way better than ending up in landfills.)
Of course, burning scrap isn’t always just for heat. Sometimes it’s just for fun, or to destroy evidence, as shown below.