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:
- Locally sourced native hardwoods and urban lumber.
- Salvaged lumber and reclaimed materials.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.