Every time we manage to find or make something for less than it should cost, it's a real thrill for us. Having been at war with financial struggle and its constraints for many years, ourselves, each cheaply crafted piece feels like a small victory, for us and for our broke compatriots around the world. Some people pride themselves on how costly their possessions are; we, on the other hand, cannot wait to say, "10 bucks!" and "here's how we did it:", like we've found the secret to destroying the Death Star, or have stolen the Sheriff's horses, or some other equally geeky reference. In all seriousness, though, people are struggling out there, and we want to help, and information is, at this time, what we have to offer.
We also care very deeply for the natural world and wish to do everything in our power to help keep it full, healthy and wild. It's our mission to spare trees, and the ecosystems they create, from being unnecessarily harvested by salvaging discarded wood and other materials whenever possible, reducing not only the carbon cost of processing fresh trees or other raw materials, but the energy needed to process salvageable materials in a landfill.
We find salvageable items everywhere we look, it seems. Someone is always discarding something or other that we can put to new use. Some of the things we've found curbside or at the recycle center's "Swap Shed" are astonishing, especially if you know how to see them - often, it's a matter of seeing that part of a piece is usable, like sharp-looking doors off an otherwise rotted cabinet. Using salvage materials that have details, like carvings, trim, hardware and mechanisms is also a great way to bring complexity to a piece, intricacy that would otherwise take considerable time to create.