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Boston-based craft furniture-maker, Saltwoods, and Northeast Wilderness Trust launch new partnership

It’s always exhilarating when we get contacted by an individual or business that supports our work and wants to take that partnership to the next level.  Recently, we were thrilled to get a call from Dan Crossman, Founder and Owner of Saltwoods, a high-end furniture manufacturing business in Watertown, MA with a rapidly-expanding and devoted customer base.

Dan Crossman, Founder and Owner of Saltwoods

“Corporate responsibility is very important to me,” says Dan.  “I believe it’s the job of the corporation to make decisions that create responsibly produced products. Forests are an essential resource that are being depleted, globally, and it’s up to us to be good stewards.”

Saltwoods was started in January 2014 after Dan decided to leave a 12-year corporate career in Germany to pursue his passion for woodworking and design.  With a keen understanding of custom manufacturing, he was often disappointed and frustrated to see the poor quality, selection, and lack of customization the big furniture stores were offering.  He decided to apply the same manufacturing techniques he learned to build stronger, better tables while providing more options.

Saltwoods focuses on creating sturdy, hand-crafted furniture that cherishes the character of the wood.  They source all of their materials locally, whether from New England sawmills or from regional salvage operations. “Whenever possible,” says Dan, “we reuse, repurpose, and reclaim materials that retain unique qualities of the wood and result in artistic yet functional pieces that you won’t find anywhere else.”

“On a personal level,” Dan says, “I grew up in Vermont and my wife and I are avid skiers, hikers and campers. We still own a house in Vermont and we spend a lot of time rambling through the woods with our dogs. We’re excited to give back to the places we love.”

Northeast Wilderness Trust is proud to partner with Saltwoods, which is donating a portion of proceeds to our work to preserve forever-wild landscapes across New England and the Adirondacks.  Check out their beautiful website, and schedule an appointment to visit their workshop in Watertown, MA!

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