Where un­wanted ob­jects be­come trea­sures again

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - CAROLYN BAR­BER

Re­gard­less of ori­gin, all the pieces in Wendy Burns-mor­ri­son and Rod­die Mor­ri­son’s work­ing stu­dio, aka The Bad­deck Re­mak­ery, be­gan their new lives in Cape Bre­ton.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful show at the re­cent 2018 Halifax Christ­mas Fo­rum, the artist/ tin­ker duo are busy re­plen­ish­ing their line of or­na­men­tal teapots, serv­ing trays, vin­tage hair­pins, plant pix­ies, be­jew­elled mem­ory and trea­sure keep­ers and Christ­mas or­na­ments. The cou­ple earned one of 325 cov­eted spots at the long­est run­ning craft show in At­lantic Canada. The story of how their cre­ations came to be helped their ap­pli­ca­tion.

It all be­gan with a trip to the Bad­deck Reuse Cen­tre where house­hold items are do­nated and sold with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward lo­cal non-profits. They com­piled a list of one hun­dred ways items could be reused, and nar­rowed that list down to two items they wanted to rein­car­nate - worn sil­ver­plate and old dis­carded jew­elry.

“That's how we came up with it, and called our­selves a “re­mak­ery”. It's just some­thing we do as a hobby, but we be­lieve in it,” said Wendy at the cou­ple’s work­ing stu­dio lo­cated at the top of Twin­ing Street in Bad­deck.

The stu­dio’s motto? “To reuse un­wanted ob­jects in such a way as to cre­ate a project of greater qual­ity or value than the orig­i­nal.”

Oth­ers be­lieve in their mis­sion, too.

Not long af­ter they put out a call for tiny frames, jew­elry and sil­ver, a bas­ket full of tiny wooden frames showed up at their doorstep.

“We don't know who it was,” said Rod­die.

A box of sil­ver and brass items from Green­wood United Church’s ‘Twice Blessed’ Thrift Shop showed up last week as well.

The Re­mak­ery has a strong fol­low­ing of dé­cor-ori­ented cus­tomers, peo­ple look­ing for some­thing func­tional that makes a state­ment.

“I think they re­ally like the idea that we’re try­ing to give back, we're try­ing to do some­thing to help the en­vi­ron­ment.”

De­spite the hard work in­volved, the pair rel­ish the chal­lenge of “up­cy­cling” - which, in­ci­den­tally, just be­came its own noun.

Bring­ing out the in­ner beauty of worn sil­ver is a multi-stage process. Rod­die stu­diously washes, pol­ishes and gen­tly sands the sil­ver with fine grit sand­pa­per to re­move any grime while avoid­ing scratches. Wendy then ap­plies mul­ti­ple coats of min­eral paint, fol­lowed by three to four lay­ers of top coat.

Wendy often mixes colours in­spired by the Cape Bre­ton land­scape, “Bras d’or Blue” or “High­lands Green”. Prod­uct names often draw on Rod­die’s ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of Cape Bre­ton. He was born and raised on the is­land and served as Post Mas­ter in Bad­deck for 40 years.

Wendy and Rod­die never paint the bot­tom of sil­ver­ware, though. The sil­ver stamps on the bot­tom can re­veal in­for­ma­tion such as where, when and by whom the piece was made.

“We don’t want to oblit­er­ate its story. We want to con­tinue its story.”

To learn more about the Bad­deck Re­mak­ery’s story, visit the­bad­deck­re­mak­ery.ca

Peo­ple are wel­comed any­time to Wendy and Rod­die’s stu­dio. The gate to the stu­dio will be wide open Dec. 8, 4:306:30pm dur­ing the Christ­mas House Tour fundraiser for the Vic­to­ria County Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. Half of all Re­mak­ery pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the Foun­da­tion.

The stu­dio will also be open dur­ing A Mag­i­cal Sea­side Christ­mas.

Prod­ucts are for sale at the­bad­deck­re­mak­ery.ca and two brick and mor­tar lo­ca­tions The Vault Gift Shop in the Old Syd­ney So­ci­ety’s Bank of Mon­treal Build­ing on Char­lotte Street (grand open­ing Dec. 14 and Laven­der & Sage Gift Shop in In­dian Har­bour, NS (open­ing Dec. 7).

The Bad­deck Reuse Cen­tre is lo­cated at the Bad­deck Trans­fer Sta­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https://www.vic­to­ri­a­county.com/reuse-cen­tre-ap­pli­ca­tion.html.

Pho­tos by Carolyn Bar­ber / Vic­to­ria Stan­dard.

Wendy Burns Mor­ri­son and hus­band and busi­ness part­ner Rod­die Mor­ri­son are seen in their Bad­deck stu­dio.

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