By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Salvage Works, a reclaimed lumber purveyor, has grown from a one-person operation five years ago to a staff of ten. Now the business has expanded to a 25,000 square-foot warehouse.
The new complex, at 2024 N. Argyle St., is only a block away from the former, smaller shop in Historic Kenton, said co-owners and siblings Rachel and Preston Browning. Their website is www.salvageworkspdx.com.
Since they opened the business, the demand for reclaimed lumber from deconstructed barns and houses has expanded, the Brownings said. Some of their customers purchase material for their homes and others seek a rustic or other effect for businesses. As a business invested in the neighborhood, the Brownings said, Salvage Works hosts an art and music party for all ages on the third Thursday of each month.
On July 16, the featured music was Gerle Haggard: All Girl, All Merle Tribute and featured artist was David Lynch, a 21st century pop artist. Hopworks Urban Brewery and Argyle Winery also were featured.
In the new location, Salvage Works has a large showroom, an expanded woodshop and a covered warehouse. Some of the recently acquired wood comes from a 1910 John Day barn and a 1900 Portland house from Southeast Portland, said Rachel Browning.
Salvage Works staff can build shelves, wall treatments, mantelpieces or other items. The skilled craftsmen also build furniture in an on-site wood shop, as they did for a Pink Martini conference table, the owners said. Some of their materials have gone to local restaurants, such as Bollywood, and stores, including Animal Traffic and Imogene + Willie. Creators of television and movie sets, including “Wild” and “Grimm,” find the wood for a rustic motif.