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March 2011

15 March 2011 by 3

SPRING IS HERE! Well folks, it may not feel like it everyday, but spring is in the air, and here at Salvage Works we are getting excited.  We’ve got an array of products to help you get a head start on lots of your spring projects.
  • lots of standard 2x10, perfect for economical raised beds.
  • bricks galore – use ‘em for patios, garden paths and borders.
  • tons of cheap lumber and plywood for your sheds and coops!
  • both cedar and ipe – build that deck!
  • two attractive rain barrels and stands to collect water for the garden.
  • are you a container gardener? Get creative with old buckets, tubs and enameled pots.
  • have I mentioned chicken coop kits? Make your new chicks happy with our easy to assemble and attractive kits. Also, easy to transport – we just sent one home in a customer’s minivan!
  • Benjamin’s Bee Boxes! These good lookin’ top bar hives are lovingly made in our shop, and are an easy way to boost Portland’s bee population and increase your fruit and veggie production. And of course, the honey! Look in our events section for upcoming beekeeping workshops.
We still have a good selection of all types of materials, from the ordinary to the unique.
  • pressure treated 2x8, 2x10 and beams
  • rough cut 2x4, 2x6 and beams
  • cvg lumber and 1x8
  • doors galore!
  • 8 profiles of siding
  • hardware and lighting
  • a couple hundred square feet of fir flooring
  • a new batch of shop made stair treads
  • a cool vintage porcelain shower pan/sitz bath
  • lots of new collectibles!
As far as events go, we’ve got some great ones coming up. This Thursday is Third Thursday with paintings by Ed Maitland Jones. On Saturday we’re having a tool sharpening workshop in conjunction with the North Portland Tool Library, and in early April we’re hosting top bar beekeeping workshops taught by beekeeper extraordinaire, Will Dart. In May is the second annual Kenton Street Fair, Bamboo Craftsman’s Grand Opening, and in June sometime Salvage Works will be having it’s first year anniversary party. Stay tuned! Third Thursday at Salvage Works Please join us this Thursday, March 17 from 5 till 8 We are hosting the paintings of Ed Maitland Jones who will be showing his latest work.  Ed has been painting oil on wood in a new series titled Botanicals. Of course we will also have snacks and drinks and the ever glowing fire pit.  Also, expect some tasty treats from the sea. If you’ve been to Salvage Works for the last two events, you’ll know what I’m talkin’ about. Though Kenton hosts Third Thursday every month, there is an emphasis on quarterly events, and March is one of them. So come on out and celebrate spring, support Kenton businesses, and be social! It’s good for you! Tool  Sharpening Workshop @ Salvage Works Saturday  March 19th 10:00am -1:00pm (drop-ins welcome) Learn basic tool sharpening & maintenance techniques to extend the lives & make the most of your tools  Includes: shears, pruners, hoes, shovels, lawn mower blades (gas & electric only), etc. (sorry, no culinary knives) Bring your own tools or learn by sharpening some of the Library’s tools Suggested donation to the NPTL:  $2 per tool  For more  info, call NPTL @ (503) 823-0209 *Salvage Works will be donating 10% of sales for March 19th to NPTL. Top Bar Bee Keeping Workshops Why Top Bar Hives? Top bar beehives are simple, holistic, low-impact homes for honey bees.  They more closely replicate bee’s natural environment than traditional hives, allowing bees to regulate their own habitat, health and genetic strength.  They require no special tools or chemicals—no smokers, pesticides, queen excluders, foundation frames, or centrifuges.  They are a happy marriage of simplicity for the beekeeper and contentment for the bees. Sat, April 2nd, 2 to 4 – Introduction to Top Bar Bee Stewardship This introduction class will focus on set-up and first year maintenance of your top bar hive, with some attention given to bee biology, honey harvesting and other useful knowledge. Sun, April 3rd, 2 to 4 – Top Bar Hive Management This class concentrates on established hives—how to keep honey stores and brood comb separate, swarm behavior, further bee biology, and any particular issues participants may have with their own hives. Sat, April 9th, 2 to 4 – Introduction to Top Bar Bee Stewardship (See description above) At each class you will have an opportunity to purchase a beautiful locally-made hive expertly crafted with 100% reclaimed wood, and order a natural, feral swarm gathered from Portland’s own bee population.  You could be watching your bees make comb, gather nectar, and pollinate your neighborhood’s gardens this summer!