Stage and Scenic Carpentry

Information about building sustainable sets.

Nails & screws!

Home Re-Use-Ables has entire boxes of new nails and screws, of varying sizes, being sold for half the retail price!

Taking advantage of surpluses like this is also smart! Waste not, want not.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I say the word “REDUCE” a lot because it is so relevant; it is especially relevant in stage carpentry! It’s important to try to reduce waste as much as possible, and that is achieved through many different avenues: You can build smaller sets for certain shows in the season, reuse scenic elements (a good paint job can work wonders), take advantage of stock, rent from other entertainment companies, build in such a way that pieces of lumber can be reused, and, when you do have to dispose of a set, make sure it can be diverted from a landfill.

Habitat for Humanity has two ReStores in Edmonton: one in the North end at 8210 Yellowhead Trail NW and one in the South end at 6909 – 76 Avenue NW. The ReStore accepts donations of quality building supplies, and offers them for sale at both locations. Their website has a stock list of items that they often carry ( and includes things such as lumber, cabinets, carpets, doors, windows, even bathtubs for purchasing. Habitat for Humanity is a very important organization that helps provide affordable housing for lower-income people all over Canada and around the world, and being able to support their efforts and reduce waste at the same time is a great thing!

Edmonton Waste Management has a useful “What Goes Where?” guide for disposal of waste ( Construction scraps (wood, drywall, concrete, etc) and glues can be taken to an Eco Station. You can also take waste to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre C & D (Construction & Demolition) waste facility. They will pick up your scraps for $40 per tonne of either wood, drywall, or asphalt singles. There is no charge for trees and brush, metals, or concrete. If you want to dispose of a mix of materials, the cost is $60 per tonne. The website has a fun fact at the bottom: “In 2010, 52,712 tonnes of unpainted drywall, shingles, wood, woodchips, trees and brush, and aggregate (concrete, bricks, etc) was accepted for recycling at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.”

Nails, screws, and other bits can be donated to the ReUse centre or Edmonton Earthcycle (

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Wood and the Forest Stewardship Council

This post focuses on WOOD!

Make sure the wood that you use is FSC certified. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an organization dedicated to promoting responsible foresting techniques around the world. On its’ website, FSC states that their certification “provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.” More detailed information can be found on their website:
Here is also a bit of history about FSC and what they do:

Rona sells FSC-certified lumber, as do other more specialty places:

PJ White Hardwoods sells hardwood at 17303 – 116th Ave. If you need any for a project, all of their products are certified.

McKillican is located at 16420 – 118 Avenue and is FSC certified. It also has a wood source policy which avoids using wood from forest areas where civil or traditional rights are violated, or from naturally occurring forests that have been converted to plantations.

Lancashire Distribution, located at 16411 – 117th Avenue, sells plywood, lumber, mdf, and other building supplies. Some of their suppliers are FSC-certified.

Millar Western Forest Products, at 16640 – 111 Avenue, is very committed to sustainability in their products. Here is some information on their lumber:

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