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Here at Salvage Maine I would love to say that everything I make is 100% recycled, but that would very much limit what I can build. Instead, I think 95% is a good goal because I often have to use new nails(though I make them look old) and sometimes glue, which is difficult to recycle! Even so, when one of my projects is done, it will be built to exacting standards (mine), and even though it might look old or perhaps shabby, it will be solid, and will last for generations. That's my mission in a nutshell: To upcycle trash into something that will be used for generations to come. Thanks for looking, and feel free to contact The Lamp Repair Shop with any questions about items seen here.

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The art of upcycling: taking that which is discarded and recreating it in both form and function. For Salvage Maine, that means scouring beaches, roadsides, and even doing a bit of dumpster diving in the never ending search for abandoned treasures. Everything I make for sale is available at The Lamp Repair Shop in South Portland, Maine. But you have to act fast, things seem to move fairly quickly. 

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The barn on the corner of 11th Acre Farm before restorations began. It was during the restoration of this building that the idea of Salvage Maine was born. After evicting the skunks, raccoons, and ants, a new foundation was laid, new sills, walls, roof, doors, etc. Basically everything but the timbers were rebuilt.

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Salvage Maine, as it appears today. A well insulated retreat from cold winter winds in which I can relax and create to my heart's content.

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Lest one think it's winter all the time in Maine, here's Salvage Maine on a bright, July morning. The barn sits right next to an urban farm where we grow a great deal of organic vegetables and fruits. 

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Inside Salvage Maine, home to many restored, salvaged tools. 

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This is one of my favorite salvaged tools: An antique, hand cranked drill press found in a trash pile. Imagine just throwing away such an impressive, American made tool which, by the way, works better than many new power drills!

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A collection of my cordless drills that never need batteries replaced. 

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This is my nail salvaging station. I restored a hand crancked grinder, and I use a cast steel printing plate as an anvil. The hammer was found while hiking through a local park. It is a very old telephone service hammer. 

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This is my electrical testing station where many of the antique sockets are restored and offered up to lamp afficianados by The Lamp Repair Shop.

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The center of my shop: 225 pounds of iron set on a stump that projects three feet below the floor. I made the stump out of scrap plywood so I could fill the center with sand. The anvil sits on a plank on top of the sand to deaden the sound of hammering. Ever the courteous shopkeep.

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My very first project as Salvage Maine: What I call a "one plank" stool made from a driftwood plank found on a local beach. I left the wood raw because it had such a nice patina. Wood borers have left the wood looking like Swiss cheese, but still the stool is very sturdy.

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This is a 19th century, wrought iron axe head I found. I carved a sweet handle for it from a length of seasoned Lilac. Sadly, some chucklehead drilled holes in the iron to secure it to an ill-fitted handle. Still, a neat find and a useful tool in the shop.

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Using the axe to make a garlic dibble. It's just before Thanksgiving, time to put 200 garlics to ground for next year. This planting is the last of my farm chores each year, a bitter-sweet event, but one that frees up much more time for creating things.

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Using a cordless drill to make a cribbage board from a salvaged plank.

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Whittling some pegs for the cribbage board out of seasoned Lilac. 

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The finished cribbage board. No electricity was used to create this, and it is 100% recycled!

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A pine headboard taken from a dumpster. Two inch thick pine, and this has no use?

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A few simple cuts and it becomes a solid bench!

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Here's the bench on location next to a farm table found at Goodwill...for twenty bucks!

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A Zen garden made from salvaged crate planks and tomato stakes. The figure is from an old lamp. 

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The rake and support pole are made from driftwood branches found on Willard Beach in South Portland, Maine. 

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A tobacco shelf made from old planks, vitamin jars, and a found pipe cleaning tool discovered in an abandoned mill in northern Vermont. 

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One of many signs I like to make. This one features an old barn board and various brass finds from The Lamp Repair Shop.

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This one is hand carved, and I used a board from the barn restoration as well as old tomato stakes. I like this one a lot.

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This one is a piece of driftwood with copper letters made from salvaged refrigerant tubing. I had to use new copper tacks for this as old ones are hard to find. 

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Various bird houses made from scrap wood and fleamarket finds. Each one has its own unique personality.

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Coffee table from an old tool chest. The bottom of this chest was completely rotted about 7 inches up, so I replaced all the rotted wood with reclaimed lumber, matched the original trim, and painted it with mixed up, left-over paint. Interesting color.

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I brought the table up to a more conventional height with salvaged 4 x 4 lumber. The inside was left in its natural state to show how old the chest was. 

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Coat hooks made from old horse shoes and driftwood. There are three sets of hook in all. This was my first attempt at bending horseshoes, and I feel there is much more that can be done with these, but I need to build a better forge. A good challenge, I say!

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I made this for hanging tools. The iron is from an early 19th century chandelier that I was modifying for a client. Set on a nice heavy barn plank with antique nails.

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Re-froming old floor nails to become staples, used to keep the hooks from swinging. I saw this trick used in a basement workshop.

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Bench style stool made from scrap lumber. There was just enough left of a discarded 2 x 6 to make this. I left it in its natural finish.

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Primitive doll house, 100 % recycled materials. It features a metal sink, slate hearth, a wooden bed, and dolls hand carved from driftwood branches. 

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When done playing, a wooden lid closes the whole thing up nice and neat. The wood is vintage planks, with no preservatives, so it is safe for the wee ones.

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Wrough iron, cast iron, and steel candle stand made from all found objects. 

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Another 'one-plank' bench, sort of a bus stop style. This perfect driftwood plank washed up at Bug Light Park in SoPo during a wicked storm. I smoothed out the rough edges but left the natural contours.

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A couple of old tools, a salvaged plank, and the front of an old sewing machine make a wicked cool garden rack!

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I gathered these found parts to create a vise for holding knives while they are being ground and polished. Old pipes, hand rail wood, various screws and bolts, all went into making this handy holder.

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The vise rotates 360 degrees so I can polish both sides of a blade without removing it from the vise. This design I borrowed from the New England School of Metalwork's Knife Making class.

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A dead Sylvania halogen lightbulb turned into an oil lantern. Ironic, in a way. You can unscrew the thread to add oil. The entire display is 100% recycled

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This was a fun project: The blade for this knife was found on a local beach, badly corroded and without a handle. After hand polishing the steel, I fashioned a handle from a peice of wood once part of an antique cabinet maker's vise. For rivets I used salvaged copper tubing picked up at a flea market. A 100% recycled knife!

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A porch table made from a modified log holder and reclaimed barn planks. I left all the nail holes and natural hystory in the wood, but sealed it with water borne urethane.

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Bird houses made using all reclaimed materials and NO electricity. 

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This is a small wheel hub found at a local park. It still had much of its original red color. I used some salvaged pipe and an old socket to make the top.