Counter Evolution out of NYC is scavenging discarded bowling alley lane wood and crafting heavy duty tables, chairs, and bars. The gloriously finished wood was milled over a century ago in some cases and has amazing character.
Counter Evolution is a very new company (2007) and was started by musician and avid wood worker Jim Malone. After building a log cabin home in Upstate New York Jim began the business to make “contemporary Green furniture and eco-conscious installations made exclusively from reclaimed wood from bowling lanes.”
Using only pre-1980 lanes (to ensure 100% wood content, newer lanes contain fiber glass and other materials) Jim has created a line of products from Modern Rustic 100% green, to Industrial Green benches and tables reinforced with steel I-beams, to Reclaimed Cafe great for bars, restaurants, lounges, or the home. Using reclaimed wood cuts down (no pun intended) on the destruction of our forests, the energy needed to harvest and mill new wood, saves milled wood from being burned, but most of all “is the way it looks and feels—the beauty and character of the old wood, and the signs of its former life, only add to its richness.”