A former city employee in the Fukushima prefecture town of
Koriyama has built a 4-meter (13-ft) long canoe from thousands of used
disposable chopsticks recovered from the city hall cafeteria. Bothered
that perfectly good wood was going to waste after a single use, Shuhei
Ogawara -- whose job at city hall involved working with the local
forestry industry -- spent the last two years of his career collecting
used chopsticks from the cafeteria. An experienced canoe builder,
Ogawara spent over 3 months gluing 7,382 chopsticks together into strips
to form the canoe shell, to which he added a polyester resin coat. The
canoe weighs about 30 kilograms (66 lbs), which is a bit heavier than an
ordinary cedar canoe, but Ogawara is confident it will float. A
launching ceremony is planned for May at nearby Lake Inawashiro.
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