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CREATING ECONOMY - the art of reuse

Stopped by (at their invitation) a new studio in Portland yesterday, called Studio Dwell (no Web site yet). It's over on Thompson's Point, in past Prime Artist Studios' rehearsal spaces. It's a cool spot, formerly an industrial welding shop (and before that, who knows what kind of manufacturing went on there?), and now a place where Roman and Sherri Kropp are basing their creative-reuse home-decorating business.

They have all kinds of amazing items, like a a massive tree trunk out of which Roman has been making bar stools and end tables. They also have some Chinese-made clay roofing tiles left over from an exhibit of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, limestone and other stone slabs, and some massive mahogany doors. All of them are salvaged or reused from elsewhere, and are for sale, either as is or modified in some way to suit a buyer's needs.

There are several businesses like this cropping up around town, like Portland Architectural Salvage on Preble Street. It's a cool niche, making interesting houses without chopping down trees or quarrying new rock. What are your favorite places along this line?
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