My latest homemade musical instrument:
I have to admit that I have a fetish about recycling. I am a child of those hope-filled days when I still believed we could change society, and respond intelligently to the emerging environmental reality. Our current situation makes me nostalgic for those halcyon days.
For years I made a living by recycling food cans into a whole line of candle-holders, lamps and chandeliers. I loved doing it. We worked all of the best festivals, including Oregon Country Fair, Strawberry Music Festival, and Reggae on the River. My chandeliers sold in fancy galleries and pictures of my work appear in Garth Johnson’s book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse. I named my business, Tin Can Luminary. Recycling was my life, until I realized it was killing me.
Sulfer Dioxide gas, a byproduct of welding galvanized steel cans attacked my thyroid. I always wore a respirator when I worked, but that…
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