Today, we had the chance to ask some questions to Mark Esposito, who make all kind of gorgeous projects from recycled wooden pallets. If you think you deserve to be featured in the next interview, please, drop us an email.
Why do you craft?
I craft from pallets because it’s an affordable material and to help repurpose them into useful items.
How did you learn to do wood crafts?
I guess it started in high school wood shop. I didn’t really start making things until I was much older.
How long have you been working with pallets?
I have been working with pallets since September of 2013, when I made my first pallet bar for my cousin’s 50th birthday party. The bar was a huge hit and everyone loved it.
Why did you choose to work with pallets instead of purchased wood?
They are usually free and its fun to see how they can be changed into something purdy.
Are there any brands that are your favorites?
How would you describe your crafting style?
I would say it’s rustic.
Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
I really like Jimmy Diresta’s work. You can Google him to find him easily!
Where do you do your wood crafts? How would you describe your workspace?
I work out of my home in a large metal work shop that’s a work in progress itself.
Where do you look for inspiration for a new woodcraft?
I like Pinterest because it gets my mind thinking about projects.
When do you feel the most creative?
Weekend warrior because I have a full-time job.
What is your favorite medium to work in (other than pallets)?
Recycled items, I like to find roadside treasures and upcycle them.
What are your tips for people who'd like to start crafting?
Jump into a project and don’t worry about it being perfect, be safe take your time and enjoy your creation.
What are your most important safety tips when woodworking? Have you ever had any injuries or close calls?
Power tools can be very dangerous, so take precautions. I have put a drill bit thru my fingernail, poked my eye with pliers, cut my fingers etc., etc.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Beer and cigars.
What are some of your other hobbies or favorite things to do (other than crafting)?
I love classic cars!
What are some of your best tips for breaking down, prepping, and cleaning pallets before you build with them? Do you have a specific tool you use, or a technique for cleaning the boards/removing nails, etc.?
Pressure wash or hose wash pallets if you want to paint them. I used a 90’ angle grinder to cut nail heads then pop the boards of with crow bar and hammer.
Have you designed any special tools or jigs for wood crafts?
What is the one project you’re the proudest of so far?
My tiki bar creations, each one gets a little better that I make.
Editor’s Note: Thank you for your time and for sharing your story with us, and with our fellow Crafters. Your work is beautiful and inspiring to all of us, and we truly look forward to more from you in the future! Keep those gorgeous pieces coming!
Thanks Mark for this interview :)
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