CRARY MILLS - A building contractor has found a creative way to recycle a piece of downtown Cantons history.
Dominic P. Petroccione, owner of Thornwood Cabinetry, 81 Post Road, salvaged several pieces of maplewood when crews were dismantling the wooden bowling lanes from Gray Lanes, the former bowling alley at the corner of Main Street and Riverside Drive.
The large brick building was renovated two years ago and now houses Northern New York Newspapers Inc., Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants and five upstairs condominiums.
We just happened to be driving by when they were hauling the wood lengths out with cranes. It caught my eye, Mr. Petroccione said.
He immediately thought of using the material for kitchen countertops and received permission to take several lengths of wood, which ranged in size from 12 to 14 feet long.
After sanding and refinishing the wood, he has used the former bowling lanes for three kitchen renovation projects, including two Canton homes and a camp at Higley Flow, Colton.
Steven R. Newkofsky, Old DeKalb Road, said he and his wife, Claudia C., are pleased with the wood surface Mr. Petroccione installed on their kitchen hutch because it created an interesting contrast with their new granite kitchen countertops.
It gives the kitchen some diversity, and its certainly a novel idea for preserving some of Cantons history, Mr. Newkofsky said. Its been a conversation piece.
The wood countertops have also been installed at Cynthia Wells Elm Street home and a Higley Flow camp owned by Dr. Robert E. Nordberg, a Canton physician, and his wife, Margaret E.
Mr. Petroccione also likes finding ways to recycle copper. Using a wood burner to draw etchings, he has installed copper wiring into some of his building projects, including wood.
I love copper, and I cant see it just ending up in a landfill, he said.
If others are interested, some of the hardwood from the bowling lanes still remain for future projects.
Mr. Petroccione, 33, is a 1998 graduate of Canton Central School and resides with his wife, Ann E., and three children in Crary Mills. He is also the son of well-known Canton building contractor Paul E. Petroccione and Linda P. Petroccione, DeKalb Junction.
For more information, he can be reached at thornwoodcabinetry.com or firstname.lastname@example.org