Racing on the railway tracking with friends or watching the trains pass speedily were the most thrilling ways of spending time when we were little kids. Now-a-days of course, the leisure activities have changed radically. Children no longer enjoy walking in the woods, racing on the railway tracks or getting dirty in mud. Technology have brought them so many indoor games that the good old pastime no longer appeal to them. As with time most of the old things are being replaced with newer alternatives, so are our railroad ties. The traditionally wooden ties that dominated the railways are now being replaced by concrete, steel and plastic. Wooden ties are not very suitable for running 180,000 pound rail cars over them. Besides, they are also responsible for the felling of life giving trees. So, in a way this replacement does make a lot of sense, but what about the old ones those were already in use. Well, Industrial designer Robert Hendrick has found an interesting way of utilizing them and giving them a new life.
Robert along with his father Tim Hendrick started Rail Yard Studios to give second life to old wooden ties. They transform ties, pieces of rail, spikes and brackets into stylish benches, tables and wine racks. The wine rack looks very interesting and is one-of-those pieces that are a must have. It is a furniture piece you would want to flaunt. Made from some stunning rescued oak timbers and salvaged rail, the benches have such a sheen finish. It rather sad, that this wood was destined for the furnace before Rail Yard Studios got hold of it.
This is what Robert has to say about their green initiative:
Sustainability has always been synonymous with the railroad, and the functional furnishings from Rail Yard Studios are pure railroad. Our steel rails are salvage material, and we rescue the crossties from the tie plant furnace. First, we do not use creosoted ties. We use only new ties that have not yet been treated in any way. These timbers were “culled” as seconds, marked and destined for the furnace before we intercepted them from that fate….These ties were singled out because of excessive knots, splits, warps or other imperfections. While those features make those ties less than ideal for running 180,000 pound rail cars over them, they add great character to our pieces.
Honestly, I love the whole idea of repurposing the old, wooden railway ties. Walking over them as a child I never thought they could also be shaped into something so beautiful and creative. I would love to have these furniture pieces in my living space…What about you?