Repurposed wood can be used for so much, from rustic unfinished beams in a home, to pitching out of the bullpen with surprising success. Mark Prior, however, will always suck. Getting back to that wood, it can also become ridiculously sweet furniture, thanks to Stefan Rurak Woodwork
Just now shipping to Florida, Rurak forages forsaken timber from New York construction sites, abandoned buildings, and even cemeteries (sweet!), then uses it to craft ruggedly sexy furniture by cleverly mixing a clean mid-century modern aesthetic with a look so natural it often include branches -- none of which're Davidians, 'cause that'd just be Waco. Some gems
The Dionysian Chair: A low-slung, gracefully swooping butt-holder made with an ebonized black birch outer frame suspending black leather straps, the DC's named after the Greek god of the grape harvest, which was eventually turned into food, wine, and purple stuff that was promptly shoved aside to find the elusive Sunny D
The Skinny Table: A clean Swedish-looking coffee table made of caramel-colored sapele, this guy has a thick branch holding up one end, which makes it look like a tree's growing out of your living room floor, although technically, Mr. Rollins hasn't gotten any taller since like '75
The Coffee Table: This chunky number's made of found pine with one leg jutting up above the table surface, and a recessed Plexiglass display box in the middle, 'cause Malcolm's old now and is quite busy doing god's work: pwning Shia LaBeouf.
There're also accessories like sturdily layered napkin rings made from sapele, walnut, and white oak, plus a set of shot glasses made from spalted maple with handsome striations, each with a unique shape and tilt, none of which hopefully mirror Mark Prior's arm angle, or your furniture will soon be signing a one-year minor league contract with the Yankees.