Going Green

We’ve just found an incredible local partner to produce sustainable home accessories.

The DC-based Grant Dawson Collections has a Silver rating with the Sustainable Furnishings Council for its eco-friendly practices, such as using recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible.

You can find their Endangered Species collection at Neiman Marcus in Friendship Heights, MD.  The collection celebrates endangered species such as these little dart frogs:

Dart Frog Bottle Stoppers by Grant Dawson Collections

Dart Frog Bottle Stoppers by Grant Dawson Collections

 

And these endangered African orchids:

Orchid Vase by Grant Dawson Collections

Orchid Vase by Grant Dawson Collections

 

They also source sustainable wood, which you can see in the vase above and in this handsome cheese tray:

Claw foot tray by Grant Dawson Collections

Claw foot tray by Grant Dawson Collections

 

That’s where we come in.  CEO Sheri Gorsen and COO Cindy Testa recently asked us to produce the wood components for its products, which include chess boxes, single and triple bud vases, and sea-glass votive holders.

First, we had to do some prototypes, based on models they sent us.

They sent us the chess board and the orchid vase.  We fabricated the models in the foreground, including the blocks that hold the “Endangered Species” wine stoppers.

They sent us the chess board and the orchid vase. We fabricated the models in the foreground, including the blocks that hold the “Endangered Species” wine stoppers.

 

A closeup of the woodworking on the prototypes.

A closeup of the woodworking on the prototypes.

 

Even though everybody talks about going green these days, companies like Grant Dawson are hard to come by, because everything they do has to meet standards set by the SFC.  We are of like minds here – we use SFC-certified mahogany and other kinds of sustainable wood whenever we can.

Sheri sent over this nice testimonial:

“We chose Hardwood Artisans to make our wood products because they are local, skilled artisans with a conscience.  They are handmade in the USA and use SFC certified or equivalent wood from sustainable sources in North America.  Their workmanship is impeccable and they meet the very tough standards both socially and environmentally that we want.”

We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

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