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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!

Five Fun Salvage Gifts You Can Make This Weekend

The staff at Earthwise is scrambling to finish (or start) gifts for the quickly approaching holiday season.  When working with one of  a kind  salvaged materials , it is hard not to create gifts for every person we know! Here is the Earthwise gift guide for homemade salvage gifts.  Hope you have as much fun making them as the recipient enjoys receiving them.

 

Found Object Bottle Stopper

found object wine bottle stopper

Use that fun door knob, pool ball, toy dinosaur, you name it, to create the perfect bottle stopper for any wine drinker.  For your shopping ease, Earthwise sells everything you need (including directions) in a handy kit.  Or find great directions here.

 

Funky Hook Board

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This is a customer favorite! This fun project allows you to create custom hooks with any item that fits your style.  A personal favorite is porcelain star knobs for bathroom towel hooks. Choose from our wide variety of hooks and watch the Infarrantly Creatives door knob tutorial for details.

 

Salvaged Wood Window Cold Frame

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With Urban Gardening on the rise, treat the gardener in your life to  a one of a kind cold frame.  These upcycled window cold frames pull double duty by adding salvage flair to the garden as well as keeping seedlings safe.  Choose a unique window and  go to This Old house for directions.

 

Upcycled Tile Coasters

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Save coffee tables from water rings with these custom coasters.  These great gifts can be as simple as gluing felt to the bottom of colored/patterned tile.  Add pictures , magazines art, maps etc to plain tiles to create mini works of art.  Find ideas and how to’s at Creme de la Craft.

 

Light Fixture Terrariums

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An upcycled light fixture terrarium with brighten the winter days ahead.  This great project uses smaller geometric light fixtures and replaces the electrical components with dirt and succulents to add a mod feel to a desk or room.  Shade of Tangerine has a great tutorial on how to make this fun gift.

 

We are always looking for upcycyled and salvage related projects, so if you have a great project idea, let us know. And as always, don’t forget to share pictures of your projects made with Earthwise materials to receive a 15% off coupon for your next purchase. Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting.

Ask-A-Pro Sessions – coming SOON to an #EWSalvage near YOU!

NEW this week: Ask-A-Pro Series Tickets available starting 5/8/15!

 

Have you heard of our “Ask-a-Pro” series coming up this July? This year on top of our regular #YEW workshops and events, we are excited to offer a brand new Q&A discussion with trade industry professionals throughout the entire month of July – #SALVAGEDESIGN Month! While we know it seems a long time away, we are excited to announce that punch cards are available as of this week at either location – read on for all the details…

How will this work? For most of the month, a salvage “pro” be coming in for a few hours at the location of their choice to answer questions and/or provide a demonstration in-store about using salvaged materials while sharing their general perspective on salvage and reuse. These sessions are only open to pass-holders (passes cost a suggested donation fee of $10+) and all proceeds collected from the event will go directly to our non-profit partners – Historic Seattle & Historic Tacoma.

Who are these Pros anywho? If you are an #EWSalvage Calendar holder, you’ll see that we’ve already got designers, contractors, preservationists, and many more skilled individuals on the calendar. Special guests currently include: Gabe Behrend of Dolan Built Construction, Kinley Deller of King County DNRP/SWD, Connie Kay Interior Design, Jak Moroshan of Modco Design, Rosichelli Design, Pete Tabor of Spacemen LLC, Harmony Weihs of DesignHarmony, just to name a few!

More information will come as we get closer, but suffice it to say it’s good to get in NOW! Sign-up below to receive updates specifically about the Ask-A-Pro Series.

*Are you interested in being one our featured salvage pros? We would love to have you join the schedule – please email marketing ‘at’ ewsalvage.com for more information, share your ideas for a session or to volunteer to be a pro!*

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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.

Take a Virtual Tour of Earthwise’s Tacoma Store!

 

Our Tacoma store is on the Eastside of Tacoma – just up McKinley Hill, minutes from the Tacoma Dome and Downtown. Easily accessible from all major freeways or public transportation (how Earthwise of you!). This location is housed in a vintage lumber mill that still operates today!

Here is just a tiny sample of what you can expect to see when visiting this location, however, please remember it is always our advice to come in, chat with us, experience the salvage and feel the history!

 

Take a Virtual Tour of Earthwise’s Seattle Store!

 

Our Seattle store is in the SODO (SOuth of DOwntown) neighborhood. Easily accessible from all major freeways or public transportation (how Earthwise of you!).

Here is just a tiny sample of what you can expect to see when visiting this location, however, please remember it is always our advice to come in, chat with us, experience the salvage and feel the history!