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At Orcas Workshop, each piece of furniture begins with a locally salvaged tree. We custom mill and kiln-dry each log for up to 2 years. The wood’s character and natural features guide our transformation of each found log into a functional work of art. The knots, unusual grain patterns, natural checking, and live edges inspire our final creation and make each piece stand out.
We use only locally salvaged wood for our all our furniture and goods. When a tree requires removal due to hazard or declining health, we collaborate with local tree services to remove and salvage the trees. In addition, we are often called to remove felled trees after storms.
Part of our art form is in the stains we choose or don’t choose. We like to play with a variety of natural finish techniques to produce highlights, color contrasts and durability. Certain finishing techniques will enhance the grain and deepen the color of the wood, along with providing a protective layer. We often leave pieces raw to allow nature to do it’s work. As your piece ages it will take on a patina that is sought after by many and has a story to tell.
When designing furniture, our inspiration comes from our beautiful surroundings on Orcas Island and the trees that grow here. We take pride in creating solid wood furniture that gives discarded trees a second life as functional art. We use local tree services, a local sawmill, and non-toxic finishes, stains and sealers. Most of our iron work is done by local blacksmiths. From start to finish our work is island grown and made.