Buy local - Support local - Locavore - are all terms that we have heard to encourage us to support local shops and eat food grown or harvested within 100 miles. Big corporations are even getting on the band wagon with "local washing". There are some great building products manufactured in the Lowcountry. In your next building project consider some of our local craftsman and manufactures that we use.
For distinctive well crafted cabinets, paneling, and architectural woodworking two established companies stand out. Marshland Millworks in Hilton Head was founded by Duane Constantino in the early eighties. Marshland specializes in radius work - any project with a curve such as spiral staircases. When we are looking to use a specialty wood, Bill Bosworth, or "Buzzy" is our first call. Buzzy has been crafting beautiful cabinets in Beaufort for the past 23 years. A newcomer in the cabinet and furniture business is St. Helena Island native Michael Sanders. Michael is making a name for himself with his custom designed furniture.
For a Lowcountry inspired light fixture made of oyster shells, driftwood, marsh grass, and iron check out Bluffton based Lowcountry Originals. Their light fixtures add a unique touch to any decor. Jan Clouse of Mt. Pleasant started Carolina Lanterns in 1999. Jan was pricing gas lanterns for her home and was flabbergasted by the cost of the ones available. She found an artisan to make lanterns and her company was off and running. Carolina Lanterns are made of copper and can be either gas or electric.
We have specified Lowcountry Pavers from Hardeeville on numerous projects and even have them at our own home. They produce high quality concrete pavers in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There is also a permeable paver line.
The Yemassee company, Vetrostone has been feature in Southern Living and Elle Decor. The upscale countertops are made from quartz, seashells, sea glass and come in a range of colors. The combination of seashells and sea glass create a classy beach feel to a bath or kitchen.
Campfires and cool lowcountry weather go hand in hand. Carolina Kettles are exact replicas of 19th century sugar kettles. They are perfect for a backyard firepot. In one project we built the kettle into a brick base. They also sell a freestanding stands for a more flexible installation.
Marshland Millworks: www.marshlandmillworks.com
Bill Bosworth: www.qualitywoodworking.com
Michael Sanders Woodworks: www.michaelsanderswoodworks.com
Lowcountry Originals: www.lowcountryoriginals.net
Carolina Lanterns: www.carolinalanterns.com
Lowcountry Pavers: www.lcpaver.com
Carolina Kettle: www.carolinakettles.com
This article was published in The Beaufort Gazette on October 6, 2013.