ECOS Project Pick: Reclaimed Wood Furniture
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ECOS Project Pick: Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Posted By: ECOS Published: 08/02/2014 Times Read: 795 Comments: 0

We love hearing from our customers and seeing how they use our products and today you get to meet one! Drew Gahafer is a woodworker, furniture maker, and artisan living in Lexington, KY who specializes in live edge furniture, using reclaimed and 100% sustainable wood. He has a store on etsy called KentuckyLiveEdge and we highly recommend you take a look! Drew lives by the philosophy, “Waste not, Want Not,” and it clearly translates into his exquisite work. Check out some of Drew's pieces below and see what he had to say about our zero-VOC* varnish!

*Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here.

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“Hello, My name is Drew Gahafer with Kentucky LiveEdge.  I am a woodworker, furniture maker and artisan based out of Lexington, KY. I've always had a love for building furniture by combining natural edge wood slabs with metal.  I try my best to use eco-friendly products in my craft.  This begins with sourcing sustainable or reclaimed lumber and upcycling metals to marry with the wood as much as possible.  The one issue I've always had was using wood finishes that contained high levels of VOC.  I knew of ways to finish wood naturally, but they required monthly upkeep.  Over the winter months of 2013-2014, I had a commissioned build request for a dining table that contained a Zero VOC finish*.  In my quest to find a product that was Zero VOC*, I came across Imperial Paints LLC and a wood varnish made by ECOS Paints.  I inquired about the product and was immediately responded to by a representative at Imperial Paints LLC.  After a brief discussion and series of questions, I purchased one gallon.  The product was here the very next day!  I must admit that I had my doubts on how well the product would hold up.  As I worked on my clients custom dining table, I would apply the ECOS Paints wood varnish to scrap pieces and test the durability.  I was blown away by the ease of use, wonderful look of the finish and the durability proven through my testing.  By the time the custom piece of furniture was completed, I had 3/4 of a gallon left.  I had such luck with it that I've been using it ever since on all of my furniture pieces!  No more waiting 2 days for a wood varnish to cure, no more latex gloves, no more respirator required and I feel wonderful about offering this finish to my clients. I'm a big fan of Imperial Paints LLC & ECOS Paints products!

Regards,
Drew Gahafer
KentuckyLiveEdge”

*Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here.

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Drew's work is gorgeous and green! And, we're honored to have our zero VOC* varnish be a part of his exquisite craftsmanship. If you’re interested in purchasing the same varnishes that Drew uses, you can find our selection of ECOS Paints Varnishes here! And, if you have a project or ECOS experience, you'd like to share - we'd love to hear from you!

*Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use). Learn more about VOCs and our commitment to healthier paints here.

Tags: Kentucky LiveEdge|zero-VOC varnish

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