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BUYING LOCAL // Why it Matters

We believe that as consumers we have a responsibility to be informed about the things we buy. We also believe that more attention paid to our buying decisions can lead to a safer, greener, and more equitable society, and possibly begin to break the influence of big chains and sweatshop driven economies worldwide.

The concept of buying local is simply to buy goods or services produced, grown, or raised as close to your home as possible. The trend towards large-scale production and big-box stores puts a huge strain on small businesses, thereby damaging the economies of rural communities and further eliminating the connection between consumers and the production of the things they buy. Buying local is a key component of sustainability.

Additionally, knowing who produces the things we buy ensures that we are not contributing to the growing number of social injustices taking place daily all over the world - particularly child labor and bonded slavery.

Before you pull out your wallet, do you ever ask yourself....
Who profits from this sale?
Where was this item grown or made?
How far did it travel?
Did the producer receive a living wage?
Were the workers' rights protected?

If each of us challenged ourselves with even one of these questions before making buying decisions, imagine how different our world might look.

We encourage you to find out more about buying local and supporting artisans, farmers, and other small businesses in your area.

Fine things in wood are important, not only aesthetically, as oddities, or rarities, but because much of our life is spent buying and discarding and buying again, things that do not last. Some of us long to have at least something, somewhere, which will give us harmony and a sense of durability--things that through the years become more beautiful, things we can leave to our children. The time and precision involved in creating an heirloom that will far outlive the craftsman and the owner is increasingly rare in a near-sighted society that may well be losing its cultural reservoir of craft and quality. The design and construction of each heirloom is carefully considered using old world joinery to give the piece strength and durability to last many generations. Not only should it be a thing of beauty and grace, but also it should be practical and resilient.

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