Through Kitty Love of the Asheville Area Arts Council, I learned of a call to local artisans: to collect and make good use of abundant crates and pallets before they should be turned to mulch!
60-foot tall stainless steel fermentation tanks from Germany! You can see some of the tanks towering in the background.
(no shortage of plywood scraps)
It just goes on and on. These images don't even show everything. Don, the Site Manager, took me around from pile to pile so I could see what was available. Along the way he educated me on Sierra Nevada's green building initiatives. However, I wasn't permitted to take images of the actual building sites.
Back home, I set to the task of deconstructing my scrawny pallets. The larger one contained some decent boards and lumber. Virtually all of the wood available was heat-treated and so dimensionally stable and (relatively) free of insects.
(below you can see the 'HT' stamp)
(the Juju jar is quickly filled with scrap nails)
The next day, I lured Justin into the fray. He came for a short visit with Charlie.
Yup, almost Nine-Inch-Nails.
We grabbed three long pallets similar to the one below. The largest was a couple feet longer than this one.
Cutting the boards loose proved to be the quickest way of disassembly. Someone in Germany went overboard with the ring-shank nails . . .
We had two other helpers along that day and they were thrilled to tour the Brewery site. After all, they were required to wear hard hats. This one is destined to have his tongue carried away by birds:
The next day, I graded and stacked the wood; now I am ready to get to it!