There are far too many
items made to be shown
here, but this gives a good
idea of the fun things created at Salvage Maine. Each item is unique in that they incorporate at least 85% recycled, up-cycled, reclaimed, or re-purposed materials found along local beaches, dumpsters, roadsides, and other places.
Items made at Salvage Maine are sold exclusively at The Lamp Repair Shop in South Portland, Maine.
Located on the corner of an urban farm just a stone's throw away from the Atlantic Ocean, sits a carraige house whose restoration brought about the creation of a unique business called Salvage Maine. The building's rustic New England charm was the perfect place for a small workshop created with mostly salvaged tools that repurposes cast away items to make useful, decorative artifacts and furniture. Salvage Maine's creations not only show a commitment to stemming the tide of wastefulness, but also a keen attention to detail. Each peice is meticulously crafted to highlight the wear and tear of individual components, which gives the finished product the appearance of having already been around for generations.
Built around 1920, the long neglected carraige house was facing imminent collapse, and because it sat directly on the property line, the city said if it falls down, it stays down. Rotted to the very core, eaten by ants, and inhabited by skunks and woodchucks, it took two years worth of evenings to evict, secure, and rebuild from the foundation up, all without taking the four corners down. Technically, the building never came down!
Most of the tools used at Salvage Maine are - appropriately - salvaged. Many are 19th century hand tools which require a bit more human energy to use, yet are worth every extra calorie expended just to hear the tools working after hundreds of idle years. Plus it adds a certain character to each artifact created.
These drills never need to have batteries replaced!
Salvaged nail refurbishing station!
That's an old Bell Telephone lineman's hammer.