Martin Davis, Waratah Bay, VIC

Martin Davis, Waratah Bay, VIC

Upcycled pallets by Martin Davis

Martin Davis from Waratah Bay in Victoria enjoys using recycled wood as it tells as story and many of his clients are interested in knowing the history of their pieces.

Martin Davis, Waratah Bay, VIC

Upcycled pallets by Martin Davis

Martin Davis from Waratah Bay in Victoria enjoys using recycled wood as it tells as story and many of his clients are interested in knowing the history of their pieces.

Martin Davis, Waratah Bay, VIC

Upcycled pallets by Kristen Montgomery

Martin Davis from Waratah Bay in Victoria enjoys using recycled wood as it tells as story and many of his clients are interested in knowing the history of their pieces.

Martin Davis, Waratah Bay, VIC

Upcycled pallets by Mark Wakeham

Martin Davis from Waratah Bay in Victoria enjoys using recycled wood as it tells as story and many of his clients are interested in knowing the history of their pieces.

Martin Davis from Waratah Bay in Victoria enjoys using recycled wood as it tells as story and many of his clients are interested in knowing the history of their pieces.  His business, ‘Martin Davis Furniture Design' makes one-off commission pieces of contemporary handmade furniture for private and business clients.

What have you made with your pallets?

I've made a ‘Pallet Table'.

Where did you get your inspiration?

My inspiration came from the original form of the pallet. The Pallet Table was designed as a contemporary piece that utilised the entire contents of the pallet. The only waste was sawdust and a handful of offcuts. The anatomy of the table displays strong references to the original form of the pallet, thus giving the viewer an insight into its original function. The spirit of the pallet has been retained, even though it has morphed into a superior entity, more refined and beautiful than before.

How many pallets did you use and where did you source the wood pallets?

I only used one pallet to craft the table. The wood for the table came from the Waste Converters depot in South Dandenong, Victoria.

What species of wood is in the pallets that you have used?

The pallet I used was made up of a combination of American Oak, pine and unidentified hardwood.

Tell us about your experience in working with the pallets

This was the first time I had used a pallet to make a piece of furniture. I found it challenging in a positive way, and was forced to think about how I might utilise all of the materials. I was interested in highlighting the nail and bolt holes in the timber in an interesting way with the use of colour, referencing the original form of the pallet and providing the viewer with a clue as to where the timber came from.

Did you come across any difficulties in reusing wood pallets? 

It took a long time to fill in all of the holes and splits with coloured epoxy.

Why do you think it's important to reuse materials such as pallets?

Hardwood timber is a scarce and valuable resource. Large chunks of hardwood, like those from a pallet, are very easily reused. To throw away or chip such timber is wasteful and bad for the environment. There is also added value in recycled timber as many people are interested in the history of the timber.

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