why wood

why wood / site salvage / in the press

Our team has a very special connection to wood and to trees. Wood is our love and passion. We know that trees make the very air we breathe, keep the earth cool, provide shelter for the animal kingdom, and are the little-known key to sustainable agriculture, so we respect it even as we make our daily work from its bones, and we use it carefully and judiciously. From a design and lifestyle standpoint, it is our material of choice: timeless and warm, with an intricate natural surface, wood adds both comfort and richness to any interior. For centuries, wood has been used because of its ease of workability, its durability, and it’s jaw-dropping beauty.


Wood is 100% made by solar power and it sequesters carbon. It is, in a way, the “holy grail” of sustainable materials.

salvaged wood furniture

Nothing toxic and no waste—everything produced and discarded in the process is food for something else.

Our wood is special, because it comes from the neighborhoods and well-managed forests near where we live, where we can keep an eye on our source. We think it is essential to know where our wood comes from. But wood is important for one other very important reason. In the production of wood, nature is the manufacturer and has been so for a long, long time. The making of wood is proven to be completely harmless... no, actually it is highly beneficial... rather, absolutely essential to human life. Inputs are sun, water, CO2, and soil. Outputs are leaves, flowers, nuts, berries, oxygen, woody debris, poetry and sap. Nothing toxic and no waste--everything produced and discarded in the process is food for something else. Meanwhile CO2 is continually sequestered in the cells of the tree, unlike the manufacturing process of any other widely used material. Wood is 100% made by solar power and it sequesters carbon. It is, in a way, the “holy grail” of sustainable materials. All we have to do is cut it to the shape we need and make sure it is dried well.

Wood therefore has a significant “negative” carbon impact (which is a good thing when we don’t want carbon in the atmosphere), even when we take into account our shop’s power usage, which by the way is largely hydropower. All of our products therefore have a net negative carbon impact. The longer they stay in use, the longer they sequester the carbon. Longevity is the key--it does less good to have disposable wood products because in their decomposition is also the release of stored carbon (but even then, wood is carbon neutral). Your purchase of high quality wood furniture, and its’ long term use in your home or workplace, is truly restorative. It helps the environment. There aren’t many products that can make that claim.

Buy it, use if for a long time, repair it, pass it down, tell the story to your friends and children. This is one good story to tell.

Man. Tree. Love.

- John and Seth, the founders