Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Demolition Process

We at Craftsman’s Corner have always been dedicated to the true “green” philosophy of saving the earth’s resources. Long before it became fashionable to put the word “green” on manufactured products, our company has been working at putting the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) into practice.

For more than 25 years, all of the lumber for our primitive style pieces has come from reclaimed sources. These sources fall into 3 categories. Some of the wood is purchased from organizations such as Habitat Restore. Linked with Habitat for Humanity, Habitat Restore’s mission is to provide used materials obtained from deconstruction site donations. Revenue gained from the sale helps to fund the Habitat for Humanity projects. The second category is individual contractors. Craftsman’s Corner has obtained some wood from deconstruction contractors in the area. These individuals find houses/buildings to deconstruct, then find buyers for the materials that are useful for resale. The third method to obtain this reclaimed wood is to reclaim the wood from the sites ourselves. Craftsman’s Corner attempts to locate responsible, eco-aware home owners or builders that share a passion for doing the “right thing” for our planet. Rather than hiring bulldozers to demolish a site within minutes, sending all of the refuse to overload a landfill, these responsible owners allow us a few hours or days to reclaim all of the material that we can in order to put these resources back into the stream of productivity.

Once the wood is obtained, it is denailed, sorted, and stacked until it is selected for just the right piece of furniture. Then, like most other forms of construction, it is sanded and fashioned into the unique piece it was chosen to become. All of the nail holes and other scars help to tell the story of the previous life of this piece of wood; giving it a one-of-a-kind look and history.

We hope you share our passion for saving and reusing our planet’s resources. Whether it is using the “3 R’s” in your own home, or purchasing items made by companies like Craftsman’s Corner who are dedicated to this philosophy, we all must do our part.

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