With a design in place, the block is trimmed down to size, planed, sanded, and edge-cleaned. Planks are cut with precision, to ensure the waterfall pattern aligns exactly, and pieces are glued and clamped down to dry. Then they’re patched if needed (no more than two places per piece), re-sanded, oiled, branded, and carefully crated for shipment. “Sometimes you forget that we have hundreds of little pieces glued together, and they’re alive,” says Salgado. “Wood breathes depending on the weather, the temperature. It does what it wants to do.” Scrapile are also doing what they want to do, and the results are nothing you’d ever consider throwing away.