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WINTER HOURS (Nov - Mar) 9:30 - 5:30
SUMMER HOURS (Apr - Oct) 9:30 - 6:00

WHO WE ARE

We specialize in the reclamation of historic building materials. Give us a call if you have an upcoming building or demolition project. We are your architectural salvage & used building materials resource center!

How #YEW Saved the Seattle Holiday Tree!

Reclaimed Wood Tree lit at EWSalvage Seattle

The Christmas Tree is an iconic symbol of the season. Many will set up their PERFECT tree after Thanksgiving and will enjoy it through the end of the year…or maybe even until Valentine’s Day like one of our own did last year (we know your secrets, Kadence!).  At Earthwise, we, too, have been enjoying the splendor of a giant 10’ Christmas tree in classic Earthwise-style. It all began when the store manager, Lacy, was drooling over a catalog and saw a reclaimed,  slatted wood Christmas tree.  She thought to herself, “EW could make one of those…probably cooler!” So, she cut out the image and brought it into work and left it on a desk for all to see. The idea went over very well and construction was soon underway the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Tree Branches EWSalvage Holiday Tree in Seattle

First things first, Matt had to calculate how many cedar T&G slats would be needed for the 10’ tree (anything less would be too small for the warehouse in Seattle with its 20′ ceiling). He did this by taking the 10’ tree minus 2’ (1’ for the base and 1’ for the star) and dividing the leftover by the thickness of the t &g.  We needed 160 slats. Then we figured the 160 slats needed to gradually go from biggest at the base (3’ long) to the smallest at the top (4”). Then he cut them smaller and smaller until we had enough to build the tree.

Next we drilled out a 1 inch hole in each “branch” for the steel pipe “trunk” to fit through. We decided on a 1 inch galvanized steel pipe because all the weight of the tree needed to be supported by something strong.  Nobody wants to be crushed by a 10’ tall salvaged Christmas tree!

At this point all is going well. The tree was going to be up by the end of the weekend and life would be good…or so we thought. As we quickly learned, when measuring pipe it’s an inside diameter NOT the outside diameter, meaning the 1” pipe bought for the tree was actually a 1.25” pipe and our holes in our branches are now too small to fit on the trunk for the tree. We tried drilling the hole in the branches larger but it broke the branches or left many of them chewed up. So, we were stuck and frustrated.

At Earthwise, we often lend sympathetic ears for customers when their projects go awry so it was a fun switch when our customers jumped in and helped. When a customer told us we would have to use a file and grind the holes larger by hand we wanted to cry. But before we knew it a few customers jumped in and did a few and the staff all did several and by the end of the next weekend the holes were finally large enough. A whole #YEW community project – if you contributed that day – the crew wants to say thanks!! We slid them onto the trunk and it was finished…except for standing it up. Once again the weekend crew was stumped, but not to fear! We quickly figured out how to stabilize the base and keep the tree up with the help of a pallet jack. The addition of a salvaged bedspring star made it complete! We decorated it and finished the front display and we were ready for the Holidays!

EWSalvage Crew decking the EWSalvage Seattle Holiday Tree

EWSalvage Holiday Tree Complete and Bare

But why stop there? Once the front display was finished, the door display above the counter looked bare! Nothing some green spray paint, a few 2x4s and 1x4s, festively colored cabinet hardware couldn’t fix: we made wreaths for the doors (see photo below)! And, since we have new staff members in the Seattle store who wanted to play with the Holiday Tree and Snowman DIY Kits we have a forest of festivities around the store! We have enjoyed the decorating, no matter how challenging. And, getting to see all of our customers enjoy the store at the holidays has made all of our hard work pay off.

Thank you for celebrating with Earthwise and hope all of you have very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

EWWreaths

Bedspring Star on EWSalvage Seattle Holiday Tree

This post was written by Lacy Kabrich, Seattle EWSalvage Store Manager.

Be in the Salvage State of Mind for all of 2015!

Our customers (#yew) are curious folk – hey, that’s probably why you’re coming to a salvage shop in the first place: you love to go treasure hunting! We consistently get questions wondering when the next sale is, what workshop is next month, what they can do with this salvaged door…well, we are we are very excited to announce a brand new bit of work you’ve all been asking for: Stay in #EWsalvage state of mind all year long with our new 2015 calendars!

Full of inspiring images, your #ewfamous shots (we sure do love seeing those pics – keep ’em coming!), community events, workshops, tours, sales, and over $100 in savings from Earthwise and other local businesses! Just $5! To be released 1/2/15 (both stores are closed on New Year’s Day) but you can preorder yours now through 12/31/14 for 20% off and free shipping!

Preorder your #EWSalvage 2015 calendar

Salvage Word Wednesdays: Board Foot

Salvage Word Wednesdays began as an answer to a customer’s curiosity – see the first post here! In these posts, expect to find a jargon or EWSlang term and its definition with an example (or two!) of how we use it, to the best of our abilities/knowledge. See the whole series here! If you have questions or want to submit a word, please send us your ideas via email at marketing@ewsalvage.com.

Week 2: BOARD FOOT

Salvage Wood: Board Foot

EWSalvage Example: “Reclaimed lumber is sold by the board foot.”

This term is a relatively young term to ‘Americanism’ and building trades jargon, emerging in the 1890s-1900s – not surprisingly, right around the time our beloved Washington Territory was also being explored by the hordes of lumbermen, carpenters, builders, and other skilled artisans that would build the foundations of what would one day become the second largest timber-producing State in the Nation – thanks for that fact NatGeo! As American History USA puts it, “It is difficult to imagine the development of Seattle and the rest of Washington without the presence of the logging industry.” Now, after that foray into history, back to business.

Definition: board foota unit of measure equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick, used in measuring logs and lumber. (abbrev. bf.ft.; BF).

At EWSalvage, you’ve probably heard a staff member relay that we sell our reclaimed, remilled vintage lumber by the BOARD FOOT. However, not all the lumber we acquire and sell comes in a perfect cube! So, in laymen’s terms, a board foot is a volumetric, proportional measurement which relates any piece of lumber to a hypothetical section which measures 12″x12″x1″ to determine board footage and ultimately, the selling price! Whew…that was a mouthful!

This post is becoming a bit more like Salvage Word & Math Lesson Wednesday: let’s say you came to the salvage yard and are making a fireplace mantel. You found a piece of fir at Earthwise that is just right: 3″ x 8-1/2″ x 78″. To determine the board footage of a beam, use this equation:

BF =   (L” x W” x D”) / 144″

So, that means your mantel stock piece has 13.8125 BF in volume. Simply multiply that by the $4.50/BF price to get the cost: $62.16+tax! Nice find.

EWSalvage typically sells reclaimed lumber brimming with character, nail stains, check marks, and sometimes, even those highly coveted sawblade marks for $1.95 – 3.95/BF; remilled, rough sawn lumber sells for $4.50+/BF (additional charges may apply for surfacing requests, rarer oversized stock or timber species, rush services, delivery, etc). 1″- 2-1/2″ stock is available at both locations in 6″-11″ widths x 6′-12′ lengths; we also stock chunkier dimensional material of all sorts for any project size – call or visit for current stock. Large quantity required or we don’t have what you’re looking for right now? We also offer custom milling services through the vintage sawmill at our Tacoma location – just call or email us at either location for details, lead time, minimum order size, etc!

From furniture makers, business and home owners, to DIY mantel or heirloom table project makers, salvage lovers like you have used this material in a myriad of creative ways – find TONS of examples on our #EWFamous Inspiration Page! Because we just don’t let trees get 100’s of years old anymore, this is a non-renewable resource and a great way to add character, history and provenance to your projects. This material is a showstopper and will make any project command at least a second glance!

Make sure to let us know how YOU have used reclaimed and/or remilled lumber from Earthwise, or can imagine them being used. Email us at either location or at marketing@ewsalvage.com with your salvage word suggestions!

Reclaimed Lumber Sign at EarthwiseReclaimed fir lumber at Earthwise Seattle.Dining room table made by Tim W from doug fir remilled and reclaimed by Earthwise Salvage in Tacoma.