NORTHEAST WILDERNESS TRUST
17 STATE STREET, SUITE 302
MONTPELIER, VT 05602
info [@] newildernesstrust.org
PEOPLE, GIVING, MASSACHUSETTS
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Business Alliance, a group of local and regional businesses working in partnership with Northeast Wilderness Trust to accelerate protection of wildlands across New England and New York.
Our first featured business partner is Saltwoods, a high-end furniture business in Watertown, MA with a rapidly expanding and devoted customer base. Dan Crossman, founder and owner, has been a business ally of Northeast Wilderness Trust’s since 2019 and we’re proud to feature Saltwoods’ support for wild places.
“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 donates a portion of proceeds to preserve forever-wild landscapes across New England and the Adirondacks through our Business Alliance. Check out their beautiful website here, or schedule an appointment to visit their workshop in Watertown, MA!