“As far as finding architectural salvage goes, I have spent many years doing this as a hobby. I have travelled all over North America and made many great contacts,” he says. “I still travel a lot because salvagers usually specialize in one or two things and I want as much variety as possible so I still need to hit the road. We go to cities we know has some good old industrial history and start checking it out.”
Even talking about the “hunt” as he calls it, you can hear his excitement.
“We just got back from Oakland, California and bought a couple of pieces from an antique dealer. When we got talking he said if we wanted to look at some industrial pieces we should meet him at an isolated warehouse,” Pearce says. “This is how we find some great pieces that are not always on display; we recognize each other.”
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