Turning waste wood into exclusive furniture

Putting waste to good use: Mohd Zalizi adding the finishing touches to a piece of furniture he upcycled from waste wood. — Bernama

PASIR MAS: Waste wood and even driftwood are not materials used by most furniture makers and sculptors to produce quality products.

However, it is different for Mohd Zalizi Mustapha, 55, an entrepreneur who deals in exclusive furniture.

He has a different perspective on the aesthetic value of old and waste wood, which he uses to make furniture and sculptures.

“Waste wood and driftwood actually have their own uniqueness. I get new inspiration and ideas for my sculptures and designs for my furniture when I see them, ” he told Bernama when met at his shop, G Landskap, here, recently.

Mohd Zalizi, also known as “Abe G”, ventured into the field four years ago and did not expect the overwhelming response from the public for his waste wood and driftwood furniture and sculptures.

“My customers want exclusive designs and patterns for their furniture or sculptures. I also receive orders to make accessories for aquariums, ” he said, adding that the type of wood preferred by his customers for making furniture are tembesu, kemuning hitam and chengal.

“For making sculptures, the ones from tembesu are best-sellers, ” adding that for custom-made dining tables, the price is RM1,700 per set, while for sculptures, the price ranged between RM35 and RM500 a piece.

On the supply of the waste wood and driftwood, Mohd Zalizi said he bought them from the locals.

“Sometimes, when I have the time, I look for them myself in the nearby forest area, ” he added. —Bernama

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