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Students work to recycle leftover timber

A Mowbray business is using the creativity of UTAS students to look at new ways of recycling its leftover timber resources. Source: The Examiner

For the past two weeks a group of Bachelor of Environmental Design students have been developing a use for high feature grade timber currently lying stagnant at Neville Smith Forest Products, with proposed solutions ranging from animal shelters to parquetry floor tiles.

Savannah Denny was one of a number of students to pitch a proposal to NSFP owner Ken Last at the Inveresk campus on Friday, presenting a range of patterned panels and tiles aimed at the DIY market.

“They’re for all sorts of things, so interior lining, bedframes, splashbacks, tabletops – just whatever the buyer wants to use it for,” Miss Denny said. “It’s good having correspondence with a company and it feeling like a real situation.”

Fellow group member Floyd Drew said the two-week intensive was a great way to do a university course.

“We’ve bounced back with Neville Smith once already last week and this is our return presentation of our end product,” Mr Drew said.

“This (course) is great for me because I retain it so much better, it just gets stuck in my head rather than just doing a couple of hours here and there, for me I like to do it in a big hit.”