As our furniture is hand-made, we build it in stages. Each layer of the process is integral to the quality of the finished piece. When short-cuts are taken in multiple steps to save money: paying less for labor, using lower-quality materials or pre-making components overseas, the result is a piece of furniture that may look good from the outside but has no substance inside. At Saltwolf, our furniture is both beautiful and well-built. In our case, maybe you can judge the book by its cover.
We make our frames from a combination of kiln-dried Maple and Birch. We do not use any particle board or MDF in our frames. We use traditional dovetail construction, interlocking joints that are glued and screwed vs. a stapled construction in lower-quality frames.
According to the EPA, in 2017 (the most recent data available), Americans sent 12.2 million tons of furniture to landfills. That’s up from 2.2 million tons in 1960. To wrap your head around that number, let’s drop tons and make it pounds. In 2017 we Americans threw away 2,440,000,000 lbs of furniture — almost 2.5 BILLION pounds of furniture thrown away!
When making decisions about how to build our furniture, what materials to use, etc., the fundamental crux was this: furniture that ends up in the landfill has the most significant environmental impact of all. Beyond that, it’s all about tradeoffs and compromises.
So instead of telling you that Saltwolf products are “green” or “environmentally friendly,” our goal throughout our site is to tell you about the choices we’ve made, so you and your clients have all the information to make the right decision for you and them.
Due to continuing extraordinary circumstances, our worst-case lead times for new orders are running up to 18 weeks.