Recycle your garden prunings

Creative uses for tree branches on your garden railway
Recycling and modeling the lumber industry are often two sides of the same activity—useful materials fall like manna from the sky. As we’re about to throw tree branches into the yard-waste can, a light bulb turns on above our heads, illuminating a potential project. If you’re a typical modeler, you’ll have a goodly pile of this-and-that saved already. We all love free stuff to work with and the outcome is usually unique. Pruned and fallen tree branches from our gardens can provide a wealth of raw material for future modeling projects. It also feels great to reuse bits of weathered hardware, which light up our guests’ faces when they recognize a repurposed item.

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