Lumber, Cut & Dried? Wood-Like Recycled Newspaper Logs


Upcycling cut, colored, pressed and printed newspapers back into lumber sounds like an impossible magic trick. That, however, is precisely the improbable goal of this curious reuse project – to transform used paper-pulp pages into new building-block logs.

Mieke Meijer and Vij5 collaborated to create these remarkable rolled-newspaper logs that, when sliced, show patterns that bear an uncanny resemblance to real wooden tree trunks. Cut lengthwise, they reveal irregular and unique grain patterns. Sliced perpendicular, they exhibit tree-like rings.

This is not the first project to propose reusing newspaper material in a new and structural way. However, it does bridge a large and long-standing gap between the textures we associated with wood and the strikingly different visual pattern of conventional newsprint. Even outside of the overall look, the process is surprisingly similar too: a log is sliced, diced, set up on wooden separators and left to cure just like traditional trees would be.

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