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Salvage Works


OUR STORY

THE ROOTS OF RECLAIMED

THE ROOTS OF RECLAIMED

Salvage Works has been in the reclaimed wood business since 2010, and over the years has evolved into a one-of-a-kind shop that offers a curated selection of heritage lumber, distinct wall cladding and custom furniture. Owner, Preston Browning, started working with reclaimed wood in Virginia at the age of 12 as a de-nailer on construction sites, and from there moved into the world of high-end antique conservation in Washington D.C. Preston’s 30 years of woodworking experience guide the Salvage Works’ aesthetic which is defined by heirloom quality material, expert craftsmanship, strong lines and rich Pacific Northwest character.

What began as a small family run architectural salvage yard, has grown into a sprawling shop that specializes in Pacific Northwest Reclaimed Heritage Lumber. Located in the North Portland Kenton neighborhood, the 25,000 square foot Salvage Works Complex is made up of our Reclaimed Wood Warehouse, Custom Furniture Woodshop, Showroom, Salvage Courtyard and Wood Processing Yard. We are open to the public 7 days a week, and our team brings expertise and artistry to the business of reclaimed wood.

OUR PROCESS

OUR PROCESS

Our philosophy is that it all starts with the right material and the right people. When you put one-of-a-kind heritage wood into the hands of highly skilled artists and craftsmen, the result is what we like to call "heirloom quality". We are deeply invested in the conservation that comes along with reclaiming wood, and approach our business as both woodworkers and environmental stewards. Each piece of wood that we salvage is one-of-a-kind material that would otherwise be thrown away or lost to the elements.

Mo on the saw

Mo on the saw

The process of reclaiming and salvaging wood begins with identifying barns, warehouses, homes, and other structures across the Pacific Northwest that are at risk of being torn down or destroyed. Once we have found a strong candidate, we move forward with deconstruction, and salvage all viable material. Once material is on the ground, we transport it back to our Portland shop for hand sorting, de-nailing, and prepare it to be kiln dried. All of our incoming material is kiln dried to increase stability and eliminate bug presence before putting it out on the warehouse floor. A special selection of our material is then taken to a local mill to be turned into our custom wall cladding product, WOW (With Out Work) Wall.

SPIRIT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

SPIRIT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

The natural beauty and heritage of the Pacific Northwest finds its way into all of our work. Our team spends long days on the road, working to reclaim wood that would otherwise be lost, and in the process we are surrounded by the very elements that make this region and its wood so unique. The texture, patina and character of each piece of wood tells the story of its origins - and we are inspired to bring that history to our clients. Once in the shop, our customer's shared enthusiasm for the reclaimed material that we provide drives us to continue refining and expanding our work.

Mo on the saw

Warehouse Courtyard

Through detailed hands on documentation of each project being deconstructed, we preserve the history of the material by giving new life to wood that would otherwise be destroyed. The utilization of traditional hand deconstruction techniques allows us an in-depth knowledge of the wood that we bring into Salvage Works, and as a result, the ability to pair the perfect material with each project. Every piece of reclaimed wood is unique in its history and appearance, so it is our job as artists and craftsmen to let the wood speak for itself.

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