Collect, Recycle, Rebuild – A story of lives RESTORED at The Wood Shack

Fraser Lewis, Production Supervisor at the Wood Shack

Originally from Yorkshire, Fraser Lewis came to Birmingham in the late-80s. A music graduate, with 10 years or so experience of working in HR, it’s clear that there has always been a creative side to Fraser’s nature. So, back in 2006, he moved on from his corporate background to set up his own carpentry business, designing, creating and building all sorts of different types of wooden furniture, from TV cabinets and kitchens to tree houses and garden decking.

So, for Fraser, joining “The Wood Shack”, late last year was certainly in line with the work he had been doing for the past decade. And, it’s fair to say that the wood recycling division of The Jericho Foundation is definitely in line with Fraser’s passion for restoration.

 

“For me, my motivation in life is very much about “Restoration” – the process of helping someone to journey back to how things were, to build a better life for themselves after the difficulties and challenges they may have faced, to make their life better and more fulfilled”

 

At The Wood Shack the purpose is to seek out and collect discarded timber from building sites and the like.

The team then deconstruct it into its component parts, remove the nails and fixings, and give it a new life as serviceable, reclaimed timber for D.I.Y use, kindling for log burners and open fires and seasoned raw materials ready to be turned into inspiring creations that would be perfect for any industrial style café or restaurant and equally at home in any garden, living room or kitchen.

No longer does the timber once used for the building industry just end up in a landfill site. With help from Jericho Wood Recycling and The Wood Shack, this timber can be re-born in as many designs, styles and sizes as one could imagine – restoration indeed!

The restoration theme also fits well with the overall mission of The Jericho Foundation charity – to support those who had more than their fair share of life’s challenges, to rebuild their lives through a combination of work in a Social Enterprise and personal nurturing and support from people who care about others and know how important the development of skills is to the restoration of a fulfilling life.

So next time, you are thinking of starting a project at home, or need a rustic table, planter, or picture frame, pay a visit to The Wood Shack and have a chat with Fraser, Kirsty and the rest of the friendly team, then think about the difference YOU can make as a supporter of the wood recycling division of The Jericho Foundation, playing your part in helping to rebuild and restore lives.

As Fraser adds, “Now, working here at wood recycling and The Wood Shack, I can be part of that restoration – using the skills I have learnt, I can “give back” to help others……”

 

The Wood Shack and Wood Recycling is one of eight Social Enterprises run by Jericho and is open to the trade and public Monday to Friday 8:30 till 3:30. For more details visit www.jericho.org.uk/wood-recycling

email woodrecycling@jericho.org.uk or call 0121 327 6102

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