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Photo: Daniel Butler's 3-D wall made from unwanted wood
Photo: Daniel Butler's 3-D wall made from unwanted wood

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Recycling plastics and paper is a no-brainer because we know that down the road it turns into something else. Our Extraordinary Person of the Week does something along the same lines, but with wood. Wood that isn’t perfect until Daniel Butler gets busy with his urban salvage style…

Who can make an old barrel into something folks see beauty in everyday?

Daniel Butler can! “It still has great character, nice looking wood, no need to get rid of it(the slab of wood from the bar he is took apart),” Butler said. “We’ll just put it in a different place and reuse it and it doesn’t end up in a landfill or someone’s fire pit.”

Butler says that slab of wood, from an old bar, came from a tree 15 years ago that came down off of Oleander Drive. He’s renovating the banquent facitily at Captain Bill’s Backyard Grill into what will soon be Bill’s Front Porch Pub and Brewery. He’s bringing new life to the old banquent room by bringing new life to old wood.

“These are all pieces, what you call ‘drops’ in the industry,” Butler said.”If it’s too small to be used, they become drops. Most of the time they get thrown away. They may be burned but a lot of times they end up in landfills so I take and save them, this is a 3-D wall, or I make cutting boards out of them.”

Photo: Daniel Butler's cutting board made from unwanted wood

Photo: Daniel Butler’s cutting board made from unwanted wood. Butler practices what is called Urban Salvage. “Basically,” Butler said as an example, “Urban Salvage is people (that) may have a dead tree or problem tree at a house or business or commercial setting(and turning it into something useful).”

Butler practices what is called Urban Salvage. “Basically,” Butler said as an example, “Urban Salvage is people (that) may have a dead tree or problem tree at a house or business or commercial setting(and turning it into something useful).”

Butler says most of the wood comes from within’ an hour of Wilmington and that the people who cut the wood are all local too, so it is a win-win for every hand the material touches.

“I want people to know that though the tree is no longer living,” Butler said,”it still has an entirely different life cycle it goes through.”

Daniel Butler, it’s that kind of thinking that’s not only beautiful….it’s extraordinary.

If you’d like to contact Butler about his wood working ways via facebook, click here.

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