Materials

Local Products, Sustainable Materials

There are a seemingly overwhelming array of material choices for the creation of furniture and cabinetry.  And, although there are good options for sustainable building materials, there are always trade-offs to consider.  In general, I use:

Lumber

  • Locally sourced native hardwoods and urban lumber.
  • Salvaged lumber and reclaimed materials.

Sheetgoods

  • Domestically produced hardwood panels, many of which are manufactured right here in Eugene, and are produced with adhesives that are NAF compliant (No Added Formaldehyde) to protect indoor air quality.
  • Composite panels made from renewable resources and NAF adhesives, such as bamboo plywood

Finishes

  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), hand-rubbed hard wax finishes, made from natural plant oils and waxes, that protect against stains and moisture with a lustrous finish without compromising indoor air quality (for myself and the client).
  • Water-based top coats (lacquer, polyurethane, etc).
  • Dyes and stains applied without the use of petroleum-based solvents.
  • Limited use of finishes and stains containing petroleum solvents, when the situation requires.

Waste Stream

I do my best to minimize my waste stream; and, I rely on local resources such as Lane County Waste Management, NextStep Recycling, Bring Recycling, and Rexius to keep the vast majority of waste out of the landfill.

Biofuel

Although it is not pretty on the outside, the "Albisaur" is a F250 pickup converted to run on biodiesel, which burns substantially cleaner than petroleum diesel and reduces the input of fossil CO2 into the atmosphere.