Philosophy of Palletry


Perfection in Imperfection

Each piece of pallet furniture is uniquely handmade. We strive to ease all sharp edges, grind or pull old nails, and thoroughly seal all wood to ensure a comfortable, durable product.

We encourage you to carefully look over each purchase. Pallet wood dimensions are not identical in width and thickness, and cannot be planed without losing the weathered, distressed charm of the wood. Each piece is assembled with care to be as balanced and as square as possible. However, as it is 100% recycled wood, each piece will likely be slightly left of perfect. 

If any product fails to meet your satisfaction, we will happily repair or replace it!

Do Pallets Have Purpose?

We at artful pallet are pallet snobs. We handpick through mountains of pallets for the choicest materials. Typically hardwoods such as oak, cherry, maple and poplar & only pallets which have been treated  by A/C heat, never chemically. Many of us have recognized the quality of wood that gets tossed away in pallets. Pallets must be constructed of durable materials to sustain the weight of products during shipping.

We get them from the landfill or on their way there.  While it feels great to be part of the reverse impact on our Mother Earth, the larger driving force is honestly that these beautiful, interesting, and durable pieces shouldn't be there in the first place. And, would be nearly impossible to source anywhere else.  

With a little creativity and a lot of effort, we succeed in fulfilling the demand for new products with a solid quality, in a timely manner, and on budget again and again.  Not only do these pieces tell a story of where they've been, they serve as a reminder, that what we need to do better for ourselves and our children, is right in front of us. We care deeply about design and function; our style is dictated by challenge and whole-hearted creative quality. 

The Metamorphosis

Hardworking Artisans lovingly dismantle pallets, cut or pull nails, sort boards by dimension and species, and try to keep an ongoing stock of materials to work from. Each piece is then hand worked, saw blades sharpened or replaced, twists and warps accommodated for, unique challenges addressed, and solutions achieved. We always pay attention to the beautiful grain of the wood and often showcase the aspects which tell the story of its past lives.

When we are not busy filling orders or harvesting stock, we like to keep busy in the creation mode. Designing and producing quality functional pieces, which are available on our website or throughout local venues in Asheville, NC, is what we do best. 

Due to increasing local popularity, we are often gifted quantities of otherwise landfill-bound objects, such as wine corks, bike gears, random interesting metal shapes, etc.  Often we are presented with the challenging question, 'What can we do with these?"  We still haven't found a practical application for hundreds of stove burner rings, but they are pretty cool looking.  We often collaborate with welders, sculptors, potters,and painters to bring our vision to creation. Without all of this, Artful Pallet just wouldn't be any fun!

 

"It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble." -Epicurus