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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

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!

#GetSchooled with #EWSalvage at Tacoma’s Stewart Middle School!

In case you haven’t heard from the Facebook page, instagram, twitter or just stopping by the stores recently, both #EWCrews have been slammed studying up on their salvage skills for the past week at Tacoma’s vintage Stewart Middle School circa 1924!

Salvage crews working onsite for a week straight salvaging amazing historic building materials from Tacoma's Stewart Middle School. Vintage Lockers and locker Baskets at EWSalvage Tacoma Vintage Chalkboard Slate at EWSalvage Tacoma Antique theater seats at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle. Crane Urinal for your mancave from EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle. Old Growth Lumber School Cabinets reclaimed EWSalvage Seattle. Vintage industrial pendant lights at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle. Trophy Cases at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle Authentic rare Stromberg Vintage Wall clock at Earthwise Salvage Yards in Tacoma & Seattle. Vintage Cast Iron trough sinks at EWSalvage Tacoma. Antique cast Sargent door hardware at EWSalvage Tacoma. Reclaimed Locker Room bleacher seating at EWSalvage Tacoma salvage yard. Vintage commercial, industrial kitchen work stations and islands at EWSalvage Tacoma & Seattle.

Truckloads of vintage theater seats, authentic chalkboard slate, lockers, industrial explosion-proof lighting, trough sinks, locker baskets, locker room bleacher seats, commercial galvanized kitchen workstations, urinals, utility sinks, cast door hardware, trophy cases, and solid wood classroom cabinetry have been coming into both stores.

If you’re looking for ideas about how to use this material to get that “school house chic” look for your space, check out our Pinterest page! Make sure to also keep your eyes peeled for the #EWFamous shots that are soon to be coming in reusing these amazing pieces of history in all sorts of creative ways!

 

*Don’t forget to submit your ideas and inspirations from this project as well – send emails to either store or to: marketing ‘at’ ewsalvage ‘dot’ com!*

How We DIY: Beachwood Display Walls

This hot weather has been leaving the EWCrew in Seattle needing a little time on a beach. We’ve also been itching to build a project since we have such great weather. All of this is perfect given Earthwise’s newest reclaimed wood product: beachwood.  If you haven’t been in the stores lately, you may have missed this product’s arrival but have no fear – there’s lots to go around!

Tacoma EWSalvage Beachwood in stock
So, what is this “beachwood,” I’m talking about? The EWBeachwood is vintage scaffolding from sunny California that has been lime washed to give it a beautiful, white, cream, and gray coloring to it. But if you look at it from the side you see it has a secret… It has the most beautiful teal, blue, and purple stripes on the side.  The colored edges tell a story! Part of this material’s history goes that this scaffolding was used by a painting company with multiple teams. To differentiate one teams tools from the the others, each complete scaffolding system had a color assignment to match that team. This way the painting teams would know whose scaffolding was whose (personally I would have wanted to be on the purple team but all colors are great).
This material is 1-3/4″ thick by 9-1/2″ wide and pretty much as long as you want it so its great for benches, tables, shelves (since it has the great colored side detail), headboards – you name it! It is also available in a 5/8″ milled version, perfect for maximizing the square footage each piece can cover – plus this materials is reversible! This is great for texture walls, furring out a beam, using as veneer, or as a back splash.
Since this material has come in, all the staff has been drooling over it and creatively thinking about what WE could use it for. We finally got a chance to do a weekend project and play with this great material when the Seattle EWCrew built a new texture wall for the front display! We wanted to showcase all of our favorite aspects of it: the lime-washed fronts, the vibrant colored sides, and the cool, almost spalted looking reverse of the milled boards. The question was HOW does one showcase all the great aspects of it in one easy to see application?
A texture wall of course! The bottom of the wall is straight 8′ pieces which run vertically (perfect if you wanted to add interest to a wall or room).  At 36″ from the ground, we added a chair rail made from the colored strips and other strips of the inside which show that the material is actually of ply-like construction. Everybody had to pick their favorite piece, of course, so the colors are in varying thicknesses and lengths, which only adds to the variety, diverse colors and interest this material has to offer. Last but not least, we installed staggered pieces displaying both the front and back of this material above the chair rail. Since the scaffolding is not a solid beam, but many layers glued together to create a very heavy, very sturdy piece of lumber the crosscut shows all the details of the wood.
Reclaimed Beachwood Chair Rail Detail
We also played around with sanding the wood as that is a question we need to have the answers for! Sanding the wood too much removes the lime-washed gray finish but since you still need a smooth surface (especially if it will be in a high traffic area), we suggest using a steel or wire brush to remove the loose debris and then sealing it with a flat varnish preserving the finish and character of this unique materials but also saving you from splinters! <–No one wants those!
Tacoma EWSalvage Beachwood Dispaly Wall
The bottom line? Its great that we have so much of the material because it can be used for almost anything AND gets the EWCrew stamp-of-approval. And, as always if you share your beachwood project photos (or any project photo for that matter) we will send you a 15% coupon! Come in and get inspired. What will you use it for?
Seattle EWSalvage Beachwood Dispaly Wall

Get your treasure hunt On: First Ever #EWSalvage Scavenger Hunt Announced!

YEW should join our first EWSalvage Historic Preservation Scavenger Hunt Sneak Peek

We are SO excited to announce the latest addition to the #YEW event calendar this year: our FIRST ever historic preservation scavenger hunt!!!

We’ve teamed up with the Tacoma Historic Preservation Department, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and Stadium High School students have donated their talents by doing a class project in which they learned about and photographed (sneak peek of those shots below!) historically intriguing and architecturally significant buildings and structures throughout Tacoma in a fun and engaging look at their surroundings, identifying how these structures make a difference in our community.

This adventure is FREE and open to all who like a good challenge, have an eagle’s eye for spotting treasure, and a passion for historic adventures!

Enroll online with the City Of Tacoma Historic Preservation Department or at either photo display location (mentioned above) starting on Friday, April 10 thru Friday, May 1st – come join the fun! There’s no time to waste – sign-up now:

Download & Print your Map to get started!

How’s this thing gonna work? Get the details:
Use your clue sheet (included with enrollment) for hints to different locations throughout the Tacoma-area (most locations on checklist are within a 15-mile driving radius. Take beautiful drive or stroll through different neighborhoods and enjoy the rich history and uniqueness each one has to offer). Check off sites visited and sketch a little picture or take a photo of the sights you’ve seen!

Stumped or want to see more clues? Visit either Earthwise Architectural Salvage OR Tacoma Children’s Museum to view professional grade pictures taken by Stadium High School Photography Class Students & for additional clues.

Then, join us on May 2, at Earthwise Architectural Salvage in Tacoma for snacks, beverages and an a swag bag for all those who participate! We will compare sketches, photos, and stories from the hunt. We’ll compare results & share experiences of the history we’ve uncovered!

 

Labor Day Discoveries

Seattle Labor Day Parade 1938 SeattlePI MOHAI

You could say we like to scour the internet for funky, historic visual imagery to share with you, our fellow salvage and history lovers. Sounds familiar, eh? Well, we just can’t get enough of vintage photos lately. Especially ones from Vintage Seattle, the Washington State Digital Archives we mentioned in last week’s post, or our most recent find this week: the UW Projects on PNW Labor and Civil Rights. May not sound enticing, but once you click, we’re sure you’ll get sucked in like we did!

This website is chock full of interesting moments not only in PNW history. For example, did you know that the Seattle Strike of February 1919 was the first city-wide labor action in America to be proclaimed a “general strike?” There’s also an entire project page dedicated to the History of Civil Rights in our region, which in light of recent events, seemed like an appropriate read.

Finally, we really enjoyed this page of galleries with hundreds of photos from all sorts of reputable sources, including our featured image, which is a Seattle PI photo in the Lonnie Nelson Collection at MOHAI. In this shot, we’re looking North up 2nd Ave in Downtown Seattle from the south-west corner of James St at the Labor Day Parade in 1938, as the Longshoremen proceed in the parade. Here’s the modern view – see the Hartford building in both shots? Enjoy the view back in time – let us know what you find via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!